A political commentator says YouTube deactivation of Press TV's official page under pressure from the Israeli-American Anti-Defamation League (ADL) shows the video-sharing site is afraid of people’s awareness.
“Press TV has become essentially the CNN of activists and persons who do not want to be fed a steady diet of execrable hasbara of CIA lies and half truths,” Randy Short, member of the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization, told Press TV in an interview.
“As a result they want to shut off the one source of very good news that people can get in places like the United States, Great Britain and South Africa,” he added.He emphasized that Press TV represents a “golden opportunity for freedom of speech” and called for more aggressive programming because “if they really wanted to shake things up, opportunities present themselves all the time.”
“So in reality, they have not even begun to see how Press TV can challenge censorship and wake people up until even those who make the programming realize that they've got to go to the full limit to bring down this condemned house of Islamophobia, racism, imperialism and intolerance that dominate in the media that serves the purposes of the empire,” Short added. “People essentially in America are in particular brain dead,” the commentator stated.YouTube has deactivated Press TV's new account after the ADL ordered it to terminate the Iranian channel's live broadcast.
"On August 20, YouTube's parent company Google deactivated Press TV's new account weeks after disabling the channel's official page," said Press TV Newsroom Director Hamid Reza Emadi.
Since January 2012, Press TV has come under mounting pressure from European governments and satellite companies, which have taken the alternative channel off the air across the European Union.