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September 18, 2013

Iran’s Hispan TV Follows Press TV’s Footsteps With Live Stream On YouTube

Update — September 20, 2013: After ADL contacted YouTube regarding Hispan TV’s use of YouTube to live stream the Iranian network’s pervasive anti-Semitism, the stream feature was disabled.  

Hispan TV, the Iranian government’s Spanish-language satellite news network, began a live stream of its network on YouTube one week ago. Like its English-language sister station Press TV, Hispan TV regularly broadcasts anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist conspiracy theories.hispan-tv-iran-youtube

Hispan TV’s use of YouTube to live stream its broadcast, which originates from the offi­cial Hispan TV Nexo Latino network, follows the disabling of Press TV’s live stream on YouTube.

ADL exposed Press TV’s YouTube stream in July, a day after it was launched. ADL also contacted YouTube regard­ing con­cerns about Press TV using YouTube as a con­duit for the per­va­sive anti-Semitism the Iran­ian media out­let is known for.

As E.U. and U.S. sanctions have increasingly tightened on Iran, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB), Iran’s state broad­caster that pro­duces Hispan TV and Press TV, has tried to bypass sanctions by providing live feeds of its networks through YouTube. At present, YouTube lacks an effective flagging system for live feed technology.

Increasing its influence in Latin America has been a strong feature of the Iranian government’s foreign policy in the last decade, and Hispan TV serves as a platform to spread Tehran’s conspiracy theories, Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.

A July 29, 2013, article on a speech made by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, quoted the outgoing president as having “Two questions regarding the supposed ‘Holocaust’” and “Why don’t they [the Jews] allow an investigation about the Holocaust and why not indicate where the Holocaust occurred?”

Conspiracies alleging the undue power of the pro-Israel lobby are also frequently featured by Hispan TV. In an article published on July 30, 2013, at the height of the New York City mayoral race, the “Jewish lobby” is characterized as seeking out a candidate who can rule the city for the Jewish lobby. “Is Anthony Weiner only a product of his time, like Clinton, or was he valuable ‘damaged goods’ for the Jewish lobby who thought of him as the perfect controllable asset to govern the city of New York for them?” 

A June 2013 article posted on the Hispan TV website promotes a conspiracy that Israeli scientists falsified Jewish genetic ancestry to justify Israel’s creation. “They committed this fraud only to support the false claim to biblical Palestine, which was rooted in the idea of being a separate people… With this DNA test, they secured a passport barcode to Palestine,” the article claims.

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