Update - August 8, 2013: Press TV newsroom director Hamid Reza Emadi today announced the creation of a new YouTube channel, one week after Press TV’s account had been suspended by the video sharing website. Press TV’s new channel does not include the live stream feature which appeared on their previous channel.
Press TV, the Iranian government’s English-language satellite news network that promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, has begun to live stream its media content on the popular video sharing website, YouTube.
Press TV’s live YouTube feed, which originates from the official Press TV Global News channel, went live on July 23. Links to the YouTube page are promoted on Press TV’s English- and Farsi- language websites.
The stations broadcast on YouTube comes at a time when the United States, the European Union and other in the internationally community are seeking to isolate Iran by blocking satellite transmissions by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), Iran’s state broadcaster that produces Press TV.
While users have been able to access Press TV’s live stream directly through the network’s website, YouTube provides the network a popular new platform to disseminate its anti-Semitic conspiracy theories to a worldwide audience.
Since E.U. and U.S. sanctions went into effect, IRIB and supporters of the Iranian regime have tried to bypass sanctions by providing lives feeds through iPhone and iPad apps and through internet streaming directly on the networks’ websites.
ADL has contacted YouTube regarding concerns about Press TV using YouTube as a conduit for the pervasive anti-Semitism the Iranian media outlet is known for.