US government blocks Iran news websites

US government has blocked all Iran-associated news websites.

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US government has blocked all Iran-associated news websites.

All Iran’s new websites have been accused of spreading disinformation. All the websites were seized by law enforcement agencies. Few of the websites include state-run Iran’s official channels. 

The US Department of Justice said in a statement that it had seized 33 websites used by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union (IRTVU) and another three-run by the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia in Iraq in violation of US sanctions.

As per the authorities, the US is trying to create pressure on Iran to deter its nuclear program. The sites had been used by components of the Iranian government “disguised as news organizations or media outlets” to target the US “with disinformation campaigns and malign influence operations”, it alleged.

The justice department said IRTVU was subject to sanctions because it was owned or controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the US designated as a foreign terrorist organization in 2019.

All such websites have been blocked and are not accessible. Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement confirmed that a domain of its news channel, Al-Masirah TV, had been blocked. Iran supports the Houthis – who control much of western Yemen and are battling forces loyal to the internationally recognized government – but it denies providing them with weapons.