(RepublicanPress.org) – Iran continues its efforts to force the United States to withdraw its economic sanctions imposed against the regime by the Trump administration. It has ramped up pressure on the Biden administration in recent months. It has conducted provocative military exercises, tested weapons systems, and recently started enriching uranium to near weapons-grade levels.
On June 22, a US official speaking on the condition of anonymity told reporters that American authorities seized about 36 websites controlled by Iran for reportedly spreading “disinformation” within the United States.
American authorities took down a range of Iran’s state-linked news websites they accused of spreading “disinformation”: https://t.co/iRWgWacuJe
— Newsmax (@newsmax) June 23, 2021
Saeed Khatibzadeh, a spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, confirmed the seizure in a June 23 report published by Iran’s government-funded media portal, the Islamic Republic News Agency.
Khatibzadeh said Iran rejected the illegal bully tactics used by the US and said Iran would follow up using the appropriate legal channels. He also stated that the seizure led to ongoing and systematic US efforts to disrupt freedom of speech and silence independent voices online.
The seizure of these sites raises disturbing questions regarding online censorship. Even if those Iranian-based sites were spreading misinformation, should government authorities have the power to decide what information Americans can access online? Once they start censoring information, where does it end, or does it?
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