If you're going to censor the internet, I guess you also have to criminalize attempts to get around the filters. That appears to be what's happened in Iran, where any kind of system to get around the filters, including VPNs, has been criminalized
. Iran now gets to join Pakistan
in banning VPNs.
“Based on the law, the use of VPNs or other antifiltering software is forbidden and considered a crime,”
Amusingly, the reasoning given is that VPNs are part of a "soft war" from Western countries, and blocking them is a way to "confront" such Western aggression.