Elon Musk activating Starlink


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Friday that he would activate

the company's satellite internet service, Starlink in Iran amid 

massive protests in the country which have resulted in the 

government shutting down internet. As US Secretary of State 

Antony Blinken said that the United States took action "to 

advance internet freedom and the free flow of information" to 

Iranians, Elon Musk said that SpaceX would do its bit for Iran 

through Starlink activation. Iran has witnessed massive protests 

this week following the death of Mahsa Amini while she was in 

custody after being arrested by the morality police for wearing 

"unsuitable attire"- not wearing a hijab. Iran has imposed tough 

restrictions on the usage of the internet in a bid to stop the 

protesters from gathering amid international condemnation. 

Elon Musk had already said on Monday that his company 

wanted to provide Starlink satellite broadband service to Iran 

and would ask for a sanctions exception. Starlink services are 

already being provided to Ukraine amid Russia's invasion. 

At least 50 people have been killed by security forces in the 

anti-government protests, Iran Human Rights, an 

Oslo-based organisation, said, AFP reported.