The fascist US authorities have seized the web domains of Iran’s international media outlets Press TV and Al-Alam, along with the Yemeni TV channel Al Masirah, run by the Houthi faction, an Iraqi Shi’ite satellite channel, and others in order to censor their broadcasts.
Visitors to the PressTV.com and a number of other websites were greeted with a notice that they were seized under US laws that allow civil and criminal forfeiture of property?
They have been accused of being involved in trafficking in nuclear, chemical, biological, or radio-logical weapons technology or material, or the manufacture, importation, sale, or distribution of a controlled substance.
The seizure notice by the US Department of Justice also invokes a law governing authority in dealing with “unusual and extraordinary threat; declaration of national emergency,” which includes the Iran Nonproliferation Amendments Act of 2005 and the ironically named Iran Freedom Support Act of 2006.
Launched in July 2007, Press TV is the international English-language service of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), Tehran’s state media agency. Al-Alam goes back to 2003 and is broadcast in Arabic, Farsi and English to audiences in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Al-Masirah is not owned by Iran, but by Ansarullah, the movement of the Houthi’s in Yemen, a faction the US regime has accused of being “proxies” of Iran on account of them being Shi’ite Muslims and resisting the invasion of Yemen by Saudi Arabia since 2015. The TV channel is headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon.
Neither the US nor the Iranian authorities have commented on the seizures just yet. Meanwhile, the NGO Yemen Solidarity Council (YSC) condemned the deliberate silencing war crimes committed by the F-UK-US coalition and the Yemeni point of view by the American regime.
In a statement released through the YSC, Al Masirah said it was “not surprised” by the apparent seizure, as it comes from those that have supervised the most heinous crimes against our people.
The ban on the website reveals, once again, the falsehood of the slogans of freedom of expression and all the other headlines promoted by the United States of America, including its inability to confront the truth, hiding their participation in the ethnic cleansing of Muslims.
Another site that displayed the seizure notice on Tuesday was that of Al Forat Network, an Iraqi satellite TV outlet owned by a Shia Muslim cleric and politician Ammar al-Hakim.
Several other Shi’ite media outlets, in places as far as Azerbaijan and Nigeria, also displayed the seizure notice, prompting observers to speculate the crackdown could be an attack on Shi’ite sites, “both religious and political.”
In the absence of any official word, there has been speculation that the domains may have been hacked instead. Furthermore, the seizures appear to have affected only the .com and .net domains that are under US jurisdiction. PressTV remains available at the .ir domain.
Washington’s apparent move comes just a day after the newly elected Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi urged the US to lift all sanctions on Tehran and rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal.
Raisi called on the US to “live up to your commitments” in the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He also said the Iranian ballistic missile program was “not up for negotiation.”
While the US administration took a hard-line approach to Iran, imposing unprecedented sanctions and even assassinating a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) general – resulting in Iranian missile strikes against US bases in Iraq – it never moved against legitimate media outlets.
Back in October 2020, the Trump administration seized 92 domains accused of being “fake news” outlets waging a “disinformation campaign” on behalf of the IRGC.
However, the seizure was overshadowed by sanctions against the Iranian banking sector announced the same day. Now only the BBC and CNN are permitted to judge the situation in targeted countries. so the truth could be avoided during the hostile never ending military raids against Muslim nations?
The Biden administration was thought to be open for relaxing tensions. Just last week, Iranian negotiators said they had reached a deal with their US counterparts to lift the Trump-era sanctions.
But causing the most horrible crimes against humanity in the Middle East, creating a huge exodus and refugee crisis of people living in Iraq, Yemen and Syria had to be silenced somehow.
The chemical- and biological warfare against Muslims living in the Middle East and North Africa caused millions of casualties, creating poverty by ruthless Zionist regimes since 2010.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.