International broadcasters call for end to Iranian satellite jamming. But Iran claims its TV is jammed by UK.

Posted: 29 Jan 2012   Print   Send a link
Broadcasting Board of Governors press release, 24 Jan 2012: "Five of the largest international broadcasters have called upon delegates now convening in Geneva for an international treaty-making conference to address the problem of intentional interference with satellite transmissions. The practice, known as 'satellite uplink jamming,' seeks to disrupt international broadcast coverage. And it is spreading, according to the Directors General of five international broadcast organizations: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Deutsche Welle (DW), Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France (AEF), Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) and the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). They also noted that satellite uplink jamming is contrary Article 15 of the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union, and Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which reads: 'Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.' The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the largest association of national broadcasters in the world, conveyed the views of the five broadcasters in a note to the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12), which convenes in Geneva from January 23 through February 17."

Voice of America, From the Director blog, undated, David Ensor: "We’ve come to depend on satellites to experience the great events of our time. Whether it’s the opening ceremony of the international Olympic Games or live video of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan last year, satellites bring us together. Unfortunately, some governments have decided they want to try to block this flow of information. Since September, the Iranian government has radically increased its deliberate interference with satellites, a practice we all know as jamming. It works like this. Iran sends a bogus signal to a satellite, which overwhelms the legitimate signal and renders it useless to TV and radio audiences on the ground." -- This the the first post to Mr. Ensor's new blog.

International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, 23 Jan 2012: "Today, Iranian protestors gathered in Geneva, demanding the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN agency, to take action on the Iranian government’s illegal internet and communications censorship. Coinciding with the start of the regulatory meeting of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) in Geneva, and organized by ITU. Iranians gathered to protest against their government’s illegal telecommunications practices."

Press TV, 25 Jan 2012: "British technicians in Bahrain continue jamming the signal of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) channels on the Hotbird satellite provider. The transmission of jamming signals on frequency: 12437 MHz, horizontal position, symbol rate: 27500, FEC ¾ began on January 17, 2012. The blocked channels include provincial channels and a number of international channels such as Press TV, Al-Alam, Al-Kowsar, Jame-Jam and Sahar. The Eutelsat telecommunication giant declined to comment on the problem after IRIB contacted them for clarification."