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Guardians Council rejects Majlis bill to legalize satellite dishes in Iran

Tehran, Jan 22, IRNA -- The Guardians Council (GC) in its latest meeting has rejected a Majlis bill to legalize satellite dishes citing discrepancies against the Iranian Constitution and the Sharia law, the press reported here on Wednesday.

The Persian-language `Toss'e' quoted a statement from the GC Public Relations Office as recalling technical reports that it was impossible to simultaneously restrict the public access to satellite programs that harm the Islamic tenets, the security of the society as well as moral and cultural values.

The bill, the GC stressed, would eventually lead to authorizing the unconstitutional and non-Islamic use of satellite dishes.

"It will flout the first clause of Article 3 of the Iranian Constitution under which the government has the duty of directing all its resources toward `the creation of a favorable environment for the growth and of moral virtues based on faith and piety and the struggle against all forms of vice and corruption.

"The bill will also violate the fifth clause of the same article which urges the Iranian government to struggle toward `the complete elimination of all forms of despotism and autocracy and all attempts to monopolize power," the GC stressed.

Majlis had last month approved a bill to compile regulations for public use of satellite equipment in Iran through devising certain restrictions on what residents are permitted to watch.

The bill, in eight articles, commissions a joint committee comprised of several state institutions to draw up the regulations within three months, and determine the channels that meet the requirements of the approved regulations.

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