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EU muzzling free speech in the name of defending “human rights”

Gisoo Misha Ahmadi
Press TV, Tehran 

On Monday, the European Union announced new sanctions on a number of Iranian officials and three organizations, including Iran’s 24-hour English News Channel Press TV for alleged crackdown on protests, which began following the death of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian woman, who collapsed in police custody and was pronounced dead a few days later at hospital. 

The European Union has accused Press TV of what it calls airing "forced confessions of detainees," a baseless claim that has surprised Press TV staff and managers as no such forced confessions have been produced or broadcast by the English-language news channel. On the contrary, the news channel made a great effort to counter fake narratives fostered by Western media.

Riots broke out in Iran in mid-September after the death of Mahsa Amini. Rioters brutally attacked security officers and caused massive damage to public property. Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has revealed that the United States and the United Kingdom were “directly” involved in the unrest, adding that dozens of terrorists affiliated with the Israeli regime and anti-revolution groups have also been detained in the unrest.

Experts believe that sanctions imposed on Press TV by the EU, and earlier by the government of Canada, are aimed at muzzling free speech and alternative views AND once again “human rights violations” has turned into a tool for western countries to advance their agenda as street riots in Iran don’t seem to be achieving the goals they expected.

Taking into consideration all the different aspects, Press TV is not discouraged by the unfair treatment and false accusations. Despite all the obstacles, Press TV will continue to be the voice of the voiceless and report underreported stories and news that has been overlooked by mainstream media.

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