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UN envoy condemns ban on Iranian satellite channels

Source: ISNA

Iran once again condemned western countries' ban on broadcast of Iranian satellite channels, reiterating the measure runs counter to international laws and regulations.

On Respecting People's Rights: An Iranian police attacking a satellite dish
(2011 file photo)

"Western countries measure in banning broadcast of radio and TV programs of the Islamic Republic of Iran is violation of international laws and regulations, and they should review the issue," said Iran's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehghani.

He also called on the relevant UN organizations to support freedom of speech and free flow of information, adding continuous digital gap is a barrier for developing countries, banning them from cyber revolution.

"We call on the countries which made problem for broadcasting Islamic Republic of Iran's networks to respect principles of democracy and reconsider their illogical decision," he added.

On Freedom of Speech: police beats women during a protest gathering in Tehran
(2007 file photo)

In a flagrant violation of freedom of speech, European satellite provider Eutelsat SA and Intelsat has already ordered media services company Arqiva on October 15 to stop the broadcast of several Iranian satellite channels including Press TV, al-Alam, Jam-e-Jam 1 and 2, Sahar 1 and 2, Islamic Republic of Iran News Network, Quran TV, and the Arabic-language al-Kawthar.

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