US government ‘SEIZES’ website of Iran’s Press TV, two other media outletsUS government ‘SEIZES’ website of Iran’s Press TV, two other media outletsUS authorities have apparently seized the web domains of Iran’s international media outlets Press TV and Al-Alam, along with the Yemeni TV channel Al Masirah, run by the Houthi faction, and an Iraqi Shia satellite channel.
Press TV is an internationally read English based news site created in 2007 by Iran, an ancient nation of 80 million people, who perhaps, were tired of having the western media continue to get away spreading false and misleading information about themselves. The creation of their own international media outlet to tell their own story in their own words followed in the footsteps of many other nations, who also have state funded media outlets; France, Turkey, UK and China.
Press TV is like many of the western news media outlets that we read. It does some great stories that won’t be covered in the west and it does some less great and seemingly biased stories as well. Nothing unusual in that mix… that is human nature to want to put the best interpretation of events in front of others. Western media do exactly the same and have been caught lying many times. It is up to us public people to decide what is real and what is fake. That is called a free and independent media.
But now the world no longer has the option of reading these 33 news sites from Iraq, Iran and Palestine, for the American government – who illegally left the UN sanctioned and supported JCPOA 2015 nuclear deal with Iran – have unilaterally shut down 33 separate web sites from these three different countries. And just for good measure, we recently had Israel destroying tall office buildings in Palestine where international news media were housed, just for good measure.
When China shut down ONE Hong Kong media outlet in the same week as the huge American media seizures, (Hong Kong being part of China) the Whitehouse came out with an entirely predictable diatribe about China’s killing of the “freedom of the press,” their authoritarian government, blah, blah blah….when the American government had just done something much more serious.
Quite stunning hypocrisy isn’t it? US shuts down 33 media outets of three foreign and independent nations – all three of which America has had a hand in trying to destroy over time – and western media say nothing. China shuts down ONE media outlet in ITS OWN COUNTRY, and it is a great crime.
What more proof is needed that the world is riddled with huge hypocrisy and double standards – no more so than in the media and in the hallowed halls of power?