The United States blocked the Internet sites of the Iranian Islamic Television and Radio Union for violating US sanctions, according to the US Department of Justice.
On Tuesday, when entering the websites of the Iranian TV channels Press TV and Al-Alam and the Houthi-controlled Al-Masirah, it was reported that access to them was restricted, allegedly due to the confiscation of their domains by the US authorities.
Restrictions are imposed on 33 Internet pages used by the union and three more sites controlled by the Kataib Hezbollah militia, according to a statement posted on the website of the US Department of Justice. The sites were blocked by court order and “in connection with the violation of US sanctions,” the Ministry of Justice said.
The ministry notes that last October, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) determined that the Union controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps could not receive services, including domain services, in the States without a license. The decision was made in response to “the Iranian regime’s targeting of the US election process and its cavalier attempts to sow discord among voters by spreading disinformation and conducting malicious influence operations,” the Justice Department said.
Kataib Hezbollah was recognized as a terrorist organization in the United States back in 2009, and it also did not have an OFAC license to use domains.