US decision to block pro-resistance media outlets proves their influence: Yemen

  June 23, 2021   News ID 2893
US decision to block pro-resistance media outlets proves their influence: Yemen
A senior member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council has denounced a decision by the United States to seize the websites of a series of Iranian and regional television networks, stressing that the measure attests to the fact that the channels have been successful in “getting their messages across.”

“The seizure of the media sites by [the United States of] America proves they have managed to get their messages across. Independent channels have worried the regimes which deceitfully claim to be advocating and fighting for freedom of expression,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi wrote in a post published on his Twitter page on Tuesday night.

He added, “The move unmasked the true nature of the so-called advocates of democracy, and exposed their [false] mottoes. America is hell-bent on outright confrontation” even when it comes to media outlets.

Earlier on Tuesday, the US seized the websites of Press TV and al-Alam, Iran’s English-language and Arabic-language newscasters, as well as al-Masirah TV of Yemen.

Other web domains, including Palestine al-Youm, a Palestinian-directed broadcaster, Karbala TV – the official television of the Imam Hussein (PBUH) shrine in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala, Iraqi Afaq TV, Asia TV and al-Naeem TV satellite television channels, as well as Nabaa TV which reports the latest stories about Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries, were also seized.

Bahrain’s LuaLua TV, a channel run by opposition groups with offices in London and Beirut, was also closed, according to AFP news agency.

Press TV website was back online within hours with the new .ir domain address. Al-Alam TV also quickly announced that its website will be available on .ir domain.

Al-Masirah TV established a new website, using its name but swapping the .net domain for .com.

The US Justice Department said Wednesday it had seized 33 media websites used by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union (IRTVU), as well as three of the Iraqi anti-terror Kata’ib Hezbollah group, which it said were hosted on US-owned domains in violation of sanctions.

Al-Masirah TV: US decision to block pro-resistance media outlets ‘act of piracy’

Meanwhile, Yemen’s al-Masirah TV condemned the latest decision by the US President Joe Biden administration to block access to its website and several dozen others as “an act of American piracy and copyright confiscation.”

“The government of the United States of America is banning the al-Masirah website without any justification or even prior notice,” the network said in a statement.

The statement added, “We emphasize that al-Masirah will continue its lofty mission with the help of God. It will continue to confront the American and Israeli piracy against our (Yemeni) nation by all available means.”

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