In the wake of the amateurish YouTube video that has sparked protests from the Muslim world, Zahra Hosseinian and Yeganeh Torbati of Reuters report:

Iran plans to switch its citizens onto a domestic Internet network in what officials say is a bid to improve cyber security but which many Iranians fear is the latest way to control their access to the web.

The announcement, made by a government deputy minister on Sunday, came as state television announced Google Inc’s search engine and its email service would be blocked “within a few hours”.