He asked families to be "more sensitive to the use of the internet by their children and to prevent from their deviation by advising them, given the expansion of the [internet] facilities in the society".

Free speech Official figure show about 3% of Tehran residents have access to the internet.

They like Western cultures and want the freedom to express themselves.

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Tip-offs General Ahmad Rouzbehani told Irna: "Some people were using an internet site to allow girls and boys to talk and arrange meetings in a place in north Tehran where they had illegal relations." He said the young people may have been duped and added that the "matchmakers" were also arrested and handed to judiciary officials.

Computers, satellite dishes and CDs were also seized in a series of raids prompted by tip-offs to the morality police, General Rouzbehani told the news agency.

Over the past year, there has been a big rise in the number of Persian weblogs, online journals where cyber-diarists let the world in on their lives.

There are more than 1,200 Persian blogs, which focus largely on social rather than political issues, such as the opposite sex, music and films.

Many Iranians who enjoyed considerable freedoms before 1979 never gave up their desire for Western culture and still try to enjoy it behind closed doors.

For most of us who perceive Iranians as radical or completely devout, the reality is actually quite shocking.

Iran’s laws closely follow edicts given by strict Muslim clerics who took over the country in 1979.

However, before the Shah was removed from power, Iranian culture was quite progressive and Westernized.

These draconian laws were first put into place in 1979 when the shah was overthrown, and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini came to power.

In Iran, alcohol is an industry that grosses around 0 million dollars per year.

Rather than speak out against politics, many young Iranians dress and act against traditional rules.