State television news violated, Ayatollah Khamenei’s face surrounded by flames – Liberation

On Saturday evening, the slogan “Woman, life, freedom” replaced the sound of the channel’s news and, for ten seconds, the screen showed photos of Mahsa Amini and three other women killed in the anti-diet demonstrations in recent weeks.

Ten seconds of interruption and a photo of the face of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, surrounded by flames, a red target between his two eyes: Iranian state television was hacked Saturday night in the middle of the 21st JT hours. The montage came when footage of Khamenei chatting with several men appeared on the screen. Then the slogan “Woman, life, freedom” is heard, the battle cry of the demonstrations and the sentence appears, written in red: “The blood of our youth drips from your hands.” “Time to get your furniture in order […] and find you another place to settle your family out of Iran “we can read another message accompanying the photo.

Under the photo of the face of the Supreme Guide, that of four young women killed in the riots that have gripped the country in recent weeks: Mahsa Amini, of course, this 22-year-old woman, who died on September 16 and has become the symbol of this emancipation movement , as well as Hadis Najafi, Nika Shakarami and Sarina Esmaeilzadeh. All this was accompanied by an appeal to participate in the demonstrations that have not weakened in the country for a month: “Join us and rebel” in orange letters. After a brief interruption of all images, the camera returned to the presenter, looking tense, eyes fixed on the camera.

The Tasnim news agency confirmed that state television had done so “It was hacked for a few moments by anti-revolutionary agents”.

On the initiative of this hacking, the pirate group Edalat-e Ali (“Ali’s Justice”), which supports the protest movement, the largest in Iran since protests against rising gasoline prices in 2019.

They claimed responsibility for their act on Twitter: “Spring is coming. We ask all our dear compatriots to share the hacked image with all their friends and acquaintances so that we can spread the good news of the overthrow of the regime to everyone and put their names on their gravestones.” writes Edalat-e Ali. Whose Twitter profile explains its purpose: to want “Unmasking the crimes of the regime to inform the world of the grave violation of human rights behind closed walls”.

The group has been ramping up its hacking operations for two years. In 2021, he hacked security cameras at Tehran’s Evin Prison, revealing the chilling treatment of prisoners in a prison center known to hold mostly political prisoners. Earlier this year, they managed to play a 50-second clip calling for an uprising against the regime while broadcasting a football match between Iran and the UAE.

Update at 13:10 with the details of the messages posted on Saturday evening.

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