Responding To Seizure of Its Websites By U.S. Department Of Justice, Iran-backed Kata'ib Hezbollah Vows To Launch Dozens Of Websites To Expose The 'Despicable Acts' Of The U.S.

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June 24, 2021

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On June 24, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed Kata'ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades) in Iraq published a statement issued by Kata'ib Hezbollah's media bureau in response to recent seizure of three of the group's websites by the U.S. Department of Justice, for violating U.S. sanctions on Iraq.[1]

In its statement, Kata'ib Hezbollah described the seizure of the sites as an anti-Islamic act, aimed at silencing the truth about the wrongdoings of the U.S. and as violation of the group's freedom of speech. The statement included a vow to launch scores of other websites that will expose the "despicable " acts of the U.S..

The statement opened with a Quranic verse: "They want to extinguish the light of God with their mouths, and God will only perfect His light even if the unbelievers hate it." It then described the seizure of 33 websites operated by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union as an act of "piracy."

"Once again, the American administration of evil tipped its hand and showed its malice and hostility towards anything related to genuine Islamic faith, and showed to the world the truth about its deceiving, false slogans of freedom and democracy. This is evident here, in a flagrant assault, resorting to piracy and oppression, just as [the U.S.] usually does against those who do not share its standpoint," said the statement.

It went on to say that the seizure of these websites is a violation of the freedom of the press, which the U.S. advocates for.

"Freedom of media, which the state of aggression [i.e. the U.S.] claims is among its civil values, was shaken to the core by its decision to close down and confiscate the honorable voices of the resistance," it said.

The statement further claimed that among the websites seized by the U.S. Department of Justice were sites dedicated to purely Islamic content, such the website of the Karbala satellite channel and that of the Al-Serat channel. The seizure of these websites, it claimed, underlines the U.S.'s "hatred of Islam."

The statement urged human rights organizations to condemn U.S. policy toward media outlets.

"These criminal practices are no longer feasible in the era of free media, when [the number of] such platforms grow daily, and their role is multiplied [in importance] in exposing international crimes by arrogant forces, whose policies have been exposed and condemned by all free peoples, who stand up for their rights and dignity," said the statement.

The statement concluded by promising to launch new websites to take on the task of exposing the U.S. "crimes."

"Let the administration of evil be aware of the consequences of its reckless decision and know that dozens of websites will be launched to expose their despicable acts, and that every reporter affiliated with the resistance will act as an institution [dedicated to] revealing the truth, exposing their lies and heinous crimes."

A Telegram channel affiliated with the group, published a poster expressing the same sentiment.

Titled "The voice of truth scared them: The electronic terrorism of the U.S.," the poster depicted a figure representing the U.S. cowering before a television screen with the words "Al-Manar [television], Iranian media, Iraqi media, war media."

 

[1] Justice.gov, June 22, 2021.

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