U.S. international broadcasting into Iran is being jammed again. A U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) statement says the jamming may be connected with demonstrations and mass arrests on October 3 as Iranians protested the plummeting value of Iran's rial currency.
The BBG says recent interference began on October 3, affecting signals from RFE/RL's Radio Farda and Voice of America's Persian service.
It says the interference also affected other U.S. international programs carried by Eutelsat satellites, including Georgian, Armenian and Balkan-language broadcasts.
Tehran has been accused repeatedly by U.S. broadcasters, the BBC, and Al-Jazeera of jamming news reports about the Arab Spring uprisings and the conflict in neighboring Syria.
The BBG oversees non-military, U.S. government-funded international broadcasters like VOA and RFE/RL.
With reporting by Reuters, BBC, and Al-Jazeera
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