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Twitter Blocks Accounts of Iranian News Agencies



TEHRAN: Twitter has blocked accounts of some major Iran news agencies over alleged harassment of people who follow the Baha’i faith. The news agencies speculated the blocking of their accounts occurred after British-flagged oil tanker was seized by the country in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions in the Gulf. Persian language Twitter accounts of the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Mehr News agency and the Young Journalists Club (YJC) news outlet were suspended due to Twitter rule violations, Sputnik News reported on Sunday. Some media reports said the accounts were suspended for targeted harassment of people associated with Baha’i — a minority faith in Iran. Twitter users noted that state-run media IRNA (@irna_1313) and the YJC (@yjcagency) accounts have also been suspended. (IANS)


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