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Iran says state-linked news websites seized by US, reasons unclear

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency identified a series of websites taken offline, saying they were seized by the Department of Justice.

Published: 23rd June 2021 12:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd June 2021 12:32 AM   |  A+A-

Iran's new President-elect Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a press conference in Tehran. (Photo | AP)

By PTI

DUBAI: Iran said Tuesday that several state-linked news websites have been seized by the US government under unclear circumstances.

There was no immediate acknowledgement of the takedowns from American authorities.

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency identified a series of websites taken offline, saying they were seized by the Department of Justice.

The Iranian state-linked websites that abruptly went offline with US seizure notices include Iranian state television's English-language arm Press TV, as well as the Yemeni Houthi rebels' Al-Masirah satellite news channel.

Marzieh Hashemi, a prominent anchor for Press TV, told The Associated Press that the channel was aware of the seizure but had no further information.

"We are just trying to figure out what this means," she said.



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