0841 GMT August 24, 2019
The American online microblogging and social networking service blocked access to the accounts of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the Young Journalists Club (YJC), and Mehr News Agency, on Friday.
“Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules,” read English-language messages on each of the news agencies’ accounts, according to Press TV.
On Saturday, and in what appeared to be exclusive reportage, AFP said that Twitter had confirmed the suspension.
The affected media outlets had speculated that the suspensions were related to their coverage of the seizure by Iran of a UK-flagged tanker on Friday.
Mehr said that in addition to its Persian-language account, its Diplomacy page, which publishes analysis and interviews on foreign policy, had also gone offline.
A Twitter source confirmed to several news outlets that the accounts were suspended for what it says alleged “harassment of people associated with Baha'i, a faith that Iran does not recognize it.