The Farsi language Twitter accounts of the official IRNA and semiofficial Mehr news agencies were inaccessible on Saturday [File: Matt Rourke/AP] 
The Farsi language Twitter accounts of the official IRNA and semiofficial Mehr news agencies were inaccessible on Saturday [File: Matt Rourke/AP]

Twitter suspends accounts of Iranian media outlets

Sun, Jul. 21, 2019
CAIRO – 21 July 2019: Twitter has suspended the accounts of several Iranian state media outlets.

Among the accounts are the Young Journalists Club (YJC), run by the state broadcaster Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Labeling the move "illegal", Mehr said it had not been informed of a reason for the suspension. It suggested the move followed its coverage of Iran's seizure a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

Some sources vaguely claim this is related to the harassment of people linked to the Baha’I faith, which is not recognized as a religion in Iran.

The YJC denounced the action, saying the agencies "had no other purpose than the publication of news and information".

The agency said the accounts of "some other Iranian users" had also been suspended.

The AFP news agency said another account taken down belonged to Ali Akbar Raefipoor, a hardliner public speaker.
 
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