Visitors to the three domains were greeted on Tuesday with a notice that they were seized under US laws that allow civil and criminal forfeiture of property involved in “trafficking in nuclear, chemical, biological, or radiological weapons technology or material, or the manufacture, importation, sale, or distribution of a controlled substance.”
TRUTH LIVES on at https://sgtreport.tv/
The seizure notice by the US Department of Justice also invokes a law governing presidential 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.
— Morgan Artyukhina (@LavenderNRed) June 22, 2021
— Iran International English (@IranIntl_En) June 22, 2021
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.
The FBI & the obscure Bureau of Industry & Security, an agency birthed in 2001 with the task advancing “national security, foreign policy, & economic objectives” – have shut down Press TV. I was on @PressTV last week to talk about the US stealing $100m of Iranian oil. Ironic pic.twitter.com/fdqJQFml7Z
— Alex Rubinstein (@RealAlexRubi) June 22, 2021
Al-Masirah is not owned by Iran, but by Ansarullah – the movement of the Houthis in Yemen, a faction the US has accused of being “proxies” of Iran on account of them being Shia Muslims and resisting the invasion of Yemen by Saudi Arabia since 2015. The TV channel is headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon.
Well that’s a metric butt-ton of images & videos of events in Yemen gone from the internet. https://t.co/0QlLKKSZAu
— Nick “Don’t read RT” Waters (@N_Waters89) June 22, 2021
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 of the Yemeni voice 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,” the outlet said.