An Iranian official has said the government's use of satellite jamming could pose a health risk to citizens. Sayed Motasadi, deputy director of the human environment committee of Iran's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), told the official IRNA news agency on October 2 that "the possibility [of satellite jamming] causing cancer exists."
Despite Iran's efforts to jam satellite channels and the crackdown on satellite dishes, many Iranians -- according to some estimates more than half -- watch foreign satellite TV channels.
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Motasadi said a study conducted by the EPA in cooperation with the Ministries of Communications and Information Technology has concluded that there is a connection between cancer and jamming.
Earlier this year, the government ordered an investigation into the effects of satellite jamming on public health following a request by President Hassan Rohani.
Iran has been known to use jamming technology to prevent satellite transmissions of foreign-based television and radio channels.
Based on reporting by IRNA
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