Press TV Newsroom R370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)
Iranian state media outlet Press TV claimed over the weekend that a “Jewish”
government official was behind efforts to block the station’s access to the
Press TV reported on its website on Saturday that it has “learned
that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – an agency of the US Treasury
Department” is headed by “an Ashkenazi Jew called Adam Szubin.”
article claims that Szubin is behind pressure on Intelsat, a provider of
worldwide satellite services for media companies. On June 19, Intelsat announced
that it would no longer provide services to Iranian channels including Press TV,
which has been sanctioned by the US government.
An Adam J. Szubin does in
fact work for the Treasury Department, but his profile on the government website
of course does not mention his ethnic background. Iranian government officials
and the Iranian media have often made anti-Semitic statements.
has also been removed from several other Western countries, including Britain,
France, Germany and Spain. The article states that the “Israeli lobby in the
United States” has also supported the European efforts to block the
The US consulate in Herat in western Afghanistan asked the
city’s cable TV provider to immediately remove Press TV from its platform,
according to the report. The provider was supposedly instructed to replace the
broadcast with CNN or BBC. According to the report, this is the first time US
officials have asked an Afghan cable provider to stop broadcasting Press TV
since it entered the Afghan market four years ago.