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
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."