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As Rial Tumbles, Iran Jams International Broadcasts

[ 0 ] October 4, 2012 |

BBG broadcasts, along with those of the BBC, have again been affected by Iranian jamming of major satellites that serve the region…

Screen capture from amateur video of Iranian protests.

As Iranians took to the streets to protest the rapid slide in the value of the Iranian currency, the rial.

The currency slipped as much as 30% in recent days, partially as the result of sanctions against the Iranian government.

As the government cracked down on currency traders, merchants took to the streets in protest.

Coverage of those events by international broadcasters has been censored by the Iranian government as it returned to its practice of jamming the signals of satellites servicing the region.

Targeted for jamming are the popular satellites HotBird 13B, Eutelsat 25A and Eutelsat 7A.

The jamming has not only blocked VOA Persian Service programming, but also Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Radio Farda. The BBC is also reportedly affected.

The jamming also has taken out RFE/RL’s programming feeds to Georgia, Armenia, the Balkans, and some Central Asia services.

In a statement, International Broadcasting Bureau Director Dick Lobo said, “The jamming of news delivered by satellite into Iran is an outrage, a deplorable violation of well-established international agreements. Freedom of information is a universal human right as well as an essential component for the health of any nation.”

The Iranian government has deployed the jamming tactic repeatedly in recent years.

The BBG is working to broadcast to the region on additional satellites and use other platforms such as the internet.

Additional reporting on the protests can be found at RFE/RL’s Persian Letters blog.

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