Iran representative to UN accuses US of restricting freedoms
In response to the United States blocking various Iranian and Arab websites, he said that what the US did is an illegal and thuggish act, accusing it of attempting to restrict freedoms.
The Head of Media Office Permanent Mission of Iran to the United Nations, Sharokh Nazemi, accused the United States of attempting to restrict freedom of speech.
According to The New York Times, Nazemi said, "While rejecting this illegal and bullying action, which is an attempt at limiting the freedom of expression, the issue will be pursued through legal channels."
In a statement on its Telegram group, the Iranian Al-Alam News Network condemned the United States for blocking its website, saying that this measure "contradicts freedom of opinion, transparency and media rights."
A statement by Al-Alam News Network said that "visitors to the sites encountered the statement that said: The domain alalamtv.net has been seized by the United States Government in accordance with a seizure warrant issued pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 981, 982, and 50 U.S.C. 1701-1705 as part of a law enforcement action by the Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement, and Federal Bureau of Investigation."
The statement continued, "For the past two years, the Facebook administration imposed strict restrictions on Al-Alam News Network and repeatedly threatened to suspend its page, which more than 6 million followers follow, and the administration of Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube repeatedly, and under false pretexts, suspended the network's accounts, which have millions of followers."
In turn, the Al Masirah media network condemned the US piracy, noting that this ban once again reveals the falsehood of the slogans of freedom of expression that the United States promotes.
This comes after the US judiciary blocked the websites of Arab and Islamic channels and Al-Alam, Al-Masirah, Lualua, Palestine Today, Al-Naba, and Al-Kawthar channels. The seizure also affected two Iranian channels: The Hudhud kids channel and the political Press TV, preventing users from benefiting from its digital content.
Washington announced that it had seized several news websites, including the Iranian Al-Alam and Press TV channels, in addition to Iraqi, Yemeni, and Palestinian websites.