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Iran Jamming BBC Satellite Used to Broadcast BBC Persian TV

June 14, 2009

BBC News UK – Editors Blog

Stop the blocking now

BBC audiences in Iran, the Middle East and Europe may be experiencing disruption to their BBC TV or radio services today. That is because there is heavy electronic jamming of one of the satellites the BBC uses in the Middle East to broadcast the BBC Persian TV signal to Iran. Satellite technicians have traced that interference and it is coming from Iran. There has been intermittent interference from Iran since Friday but this is the heaviest yet.

It seems to be part of a pattern of behaviour by the Iranian authorities to limit the reporting of the aftermath of the disputed election. In Tehran John Simpson and his cameraman were briefly arrested after they had filmed the material for this piece. […]

Previously:
[Update XI: Iran closes Al Arabiya’s offices in Tehran] Iran Erupts: Sham Election Ignites Heated Protests

[Updated w/ report of police brutality – photo] Video: Iranian Riot Police on Motorcycles Ram Straight Through Protesters

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