On Tuesday, the United States blocked access to websites belonging to a number of Iranian media outlets, and others affiliated to groups close to Iran.
Reuters quoted a US government source as saying that his country had seized dozens of websites linked to “Iranian disinformation activities.”
It was published by the Iranian news channel Al-Alam in Arabic K And the English-language Press-TV channel, in addition to the Al-Masirah channel affiliated with the Houthis in Yemen, messages indicating that its sites are out of service, within the framework of US sanctions, with the appearance of seals of the FBI and the Ministry of Commerce.
Al Masirah TV condemned what it considered “American piracy and confiscation of copyrights,” and said in a statement posted on the Ansar Allah website that it was continuing to “confront American and Israeli piracy.”
Al-Alam said on her Telegram channel that the US authorities had closed her site, in a measure she described as “contrary to the freedom of opinion and transparency.”
Iranian television stated that the US measure also included the websites of the Bahraini opposition channels “Luala”, which broadcast from Britain, and “Palestine Today”, “Al-Naba” and “Al-Kawthar”, which broadcast from Lebanon.
A US Department of Justice spokesman had no immediate comment. Two US government sources told Reuters that the Justice Department is preparing an announcement on the matter.
Last October, US prosecutors seized a network of Internet domains they said were used in a campaign by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to “spread misleading political information around the world”.
The US Justice Department then said it had seized control of 92 domains “used by the IRGC to pose as independent media outlets targeting audiences in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.”
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