|Named as an outlet of "Fake News" by PropOrNot and the Poynter Institute. Domain confiscated by the US government in 2020, site soon up again with Canadian domain name, but again seized by US warrant.
Member of: Poynter Institute/List, PropOrNot/List
Members: Alexandra Whitney, Max Blumenthal, Abigail Curlew, Adrian Holliday, Adriel Kasonta, Ahmad Moussa, Ajamu Baraka, Alan MacLeod, Alex Rubinstein, Ali Hassan Heidari, Ali Salaam, Alison Broinowski, Anastasia Fatima Ezhova, Andre Vltchek, Andrew Dobbs, Andrey Kortunov, Ann Garrison, B. J. Sabri, Barbara Honegger, Barry K. Grossman, Becky Akers, Belén Fernández, Ben Freeman, Bill Van Auken, Binoy Kampmark, Caitlin Johnstone, Cat McGuire, Catherine Shakdam, Charles Hugh Smith, Christopher Bollyn, Chuck Millar, Cindy Sheehan, Rick Sterling, C. J. Werleman, Craig Murray, Dakotah Lilly, Daniel Haiphong, Daniel Haqiqatjou, Daniel Kovalik, Daniel McAdams, Darius Shahtahmasebi, David Brooks, David Macilwain, David Morrison, David Rosen, David Swanson, David William Pear, Deena Stryker, Denis Rancourt, Devon D. Bowers, Diana Johnstone, Dina Elmuti, Donald Liebich, Alireza Bazargan, Elijah J. Magnier, Eoin Higgins, Eric Margolis, Eric Walberg, Eric Zuesse, Esmaeel Mosallanejad, Mohammad Mosallanejad, Estefania Aguirre, Eva Bartlett, Eva Mykytyn, Evan Jones, Federico Acosta Rainis, Federico Pieraccini, Finian Cunningham, Fraz Ash'hab Syed, Fred Burks, Gareth Porter, Gavin O'Reilly, Gearóid Ó Colmáin, George Galloway, Giovanni Sorbello, Hadi Abdulmatin, Hafsa Kara-Mustapha, Heba Mourad, Henry Lowendorf, Hiroyuki Hamada, Inderjeet Parmar, Ismael Hossein-zadeh, Ivan Kesić, J. Michael Springmann, Jack Balkwill, Jamal Kanj, James Bovard, James M. Dorsey, Jan Oberg, Jason Hirthler, Javad Heirannia, Jeremy Salt, Jesse Rubin, Jessica Ernst, Joe Emersberger, John C. O'Day, John McMurtry, John Pilger, John Whitehead, John Wight, Jonathan Cook, Jonathan Turley, Joshua Blakeney, Juan Cole, Julie Hyland, Karim Charara, Kate Harveston, Katharine J. Tobal, Kevin Barrett, Kevin Reed, Kim Petersen, B. J. Sabri, Lawrence Davidson, Leila Fawaz, Ludwig Watzal, M. R. Islam, Margaret Kimberley, Margot Kidder, Mark Taliano, Marwa Osman, Massoud Maalouf, Matt Peppe, Matthew Hoh, Michael Howard (Journalist), Michael Lesher, Michel Raimbaud, Mike Robinson, Miko Peled, Milad Amini Movahhed, Mohammad Ghaderi, Javad Heirannia, Mohsen Abdelmoumen, Monika Schaefer, Nader Talebzadeh, Nick Fillmore, Nick Pemberton, Norman Solomon, Olsi Jazexhi, Owen Holmes, Patrick Martin, Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Viminitz, Peter Dale Scott, Philip Giraldi, Piers Robinson, Anthony Hall, Rafiq, Ramona Wadi, Ramzy Baroud, Rana Alshami, John Bryson Chane, Richard Behan, Richard Falk, Richard Forer, Richard Hardigan, Richard Silverstein, Rick Sterling, Robert Carter, Robert David Steele, Robert David Steele, Cynthia McKinney, Robert Fantina, Robert Inlakesh, Robert Jensen, Robert Reich, Robin Mathews, Rodrigo Acuña, Rohullah Naderi, Sam Husseini, Sameera Khan, Sarah Abed, Saurav Dutt, Scott Bennett, Shabbir Hassanally, Sheldon Richman, Sondoss Al Asaad, Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, Stanley L. Cohen, Stansfield Smith, Stephen Lendman, Stephen Yearwood, Steve Breyman, Steve Hough, Steven Sahiounie, Stuart Littlewood, Sundeep Waslekar, Susan Dirgham, Susan Lindauer, Thomas C. Mountain, Tim Anderson, Tim King, Tom Secker, Tony Cartalucci, Tony Smario, Vanessa Beeley, Vicente Quintero, Vivian Lee, Warren Beale, Whitney Webb, William A. Cook, William Blum, Yuram Abdullah Weiler, Yves Engler, Zafar Bangash
The American Herald Tribune (AHT) was an independent media site with many members, often fiercely critical of US foreign policy. Its editor in chief, Anthony Hall, is based in Canada. In November 2020, its aht.com domain name was seized by the US government, but by December it was up and running again as the Canadian https://ahtribune.ca. By March 2021, also the Canadian site had a note stating it was seized by the FBI and the attorney's office for the Northern district of California
Shut down by the US government
On 4. November 2020, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) shut down the newspaper's website, along with 27 other online domains, claiming the websites were controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The AHT and 4 other domains were confiscated under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the remaining 23 domains were seized "as they targeted audiences in other parts of the world."
Particular contributors that might have motivated the government's ire, are people like the AHT independent writer Philip Giraldi, an 18-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service and and an articulate critic of US wars in the Middle East and of Israeli influence on American policy and politics; or Miko Peled, an Israeli peace activist.
Screenshot of Ahtribune.com after the confiscation
US government machinations for ban on Social Media
In 2018, the FBI encouraged Facebook, Instagram and Google to remove or restrict ads on the American Herald Tribune. Editor Anthony Hall stated that the removals occurred at the end of August 2018, but there was no announcement of the move by Facebook. Nor was it reported by the corporate news media until January 2020, when CNN elicited a confirmation from a Facebook spokesman that it had indeed done so in 2018.
The ban was also boosted by the cybersecurity firm FireEye, which has been used by the Department of Homeland Security as a primary source of “threat intelligence”. CNN cited an unnamed official of FireEye stating that the company had “assessed” with “moderate confidence” that the AHT’s website was founded in Iran and was “part of a larger influence operation.” ( The bland term “moderate confidence” comes from US intelligence agencies parlance and means there is plenty of room for doubt.)
Documents sourced from American Herald Tribune