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Satellite Jamming Expands – This Time From Syria

[ 0 ] October 19, 2012 |

Syria has been identified as the source of expanded jamming of Western satellites; The BBG, BBC, and others have condemned the practice…

After repeated episodes of jamming of its satellites by Iran, Paris-based Eutelsat announced this week that it would no longer carry 19 channels from IRIB – Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

Jamming of additional satellites and frequencies has escalated since, with Eutelsat now additionally pointing a finger at Syria as an originating source of interference.

Jamming is prohibited under the rules of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an organization of which Iran is a member.

Programming from the BBG to regions ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine has been disrupted. Other international broadcasters, such as the BBC, Deutsche Welle, and Radio France International have been similarly affected.

In a statement, Richard M. Lobo, Director of the BBG’s International Broadcasting Bureau, said “We strongly condemn this deliberate interference with news and information programs. While it may be targeted to prevent the free flow of information in countries with restrictive media environments, the widespread and indiscriminate nature of this jamming denies millions of people access to information.”

The BBC issued a similar condemnation, “Deliberate interference such as the jamming of transmissions is a blatant violation of international regulations concerning the use of satellites and we strongly condemn any practice designed to disrupt audiences’ free access to news and information.”

The most recent episodes of Iranian jamming began early this month when citizens took to the streets to protest the dramatic fall in the country’s currency.

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