Iranian state television hacked during live news broadcast, anti-government message with image of Ali Khamenei appeared on screen

Iranian public television hacked during a live broadcast. (Photo: Twitter/@IranIntl_En)

Tehran: Iranian public television was hacked on Saturday, it seems, by the hacktivist group Edalat-e-Ali. During the live news broadcast, a photo of Khamenei with the verse “The blood of our youth is on your hands” was displayed on the screen. The incident happened during the nine o’clock newscast.

Photos of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old girl who died in the custody of Iran’s vice police, and three other girls killed in the protests that erupted after her death also appeared on the screen.

Iran International English, a UK-based private media house, shared footage of the incident. In addition to the photos, a message was also displayed on the screen calling on Iranians to join the protests. Soon the clip went viral on social media.

During the show, a clip of Khamenei played. Suddenly, the news program was interrupted by chants of “women, life and freedom” on the air and pictures of Iran’s supreme leader with Amini and three other girls were displayed.

A similar incident took place earlier this year in January. The country’s public television channel has been hacked. At that time, hackers called for the death of Iran’s supreme leader. Tehran blamed the People’s Mojahedin of Iran for the hack.

Recently, Iran has been rocked by protests following Amini’s September 16 death following his arrest by the country’s vice squad. Amini was arrested by the vice squad on September 13 for not wearing her hijab properly. After her detention, she fell into a coma and died three days later.

During the protests, at least 92 people are believed to have been killed so far. Western countries, including the United States, have condemned the Iranian government for violently suppressing the protests. The United States is also imposing sanctions on Iran’s vice police and several officials. Amini notably belonged to a Kurdish minority in Iran.

However, Iran’s forensic organization claimed that Amini died of illness and not from beatings to the head and vital organs and limbs. Khamenei accused the United States and Israel of supporting the protesters to create handicaps in the country.