Intelsat admits U.S. behind ban on Iranian channels. Why U.S. did that?
The European communications satellite service provider Intelsat has decided to remove Iranian channels, including Press TV, as of July 1 as part of an unprecedented wave of US-led attacks against Iranian media.
Intelsat has admitted it is pulling the plug on Iranian channels under pressure from the United States.
The satellite provider said it sought a waiver from Washington to extend the term of its agreement with Iranian channels, but the US government is determined to prevent Intelsat from doing so.
Press TV has learned that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) - an agency of the US Treasury Department headed by an Ashkenazi Jew called Adam Szubin - is behind the pressure on Intelsat.
Press TV contacted the OFAC office earlier for comment, but received no response.
European governments and satellite companies have been taking Iranian channels off the air since January 2012, citing the West's anti-Iran sanctions as pretext.
However, the spokesman for the EU foreign policy chief, Michael Mann, says that the sanctions do not apply to Iranian media.
Meanwhile, the French-Israeli CEO of Europe's satellite giant, Eutelsat, has written letters to several satellite companies, asking them to stop cooperating with Iranian channels, and the Israeli lobby in the United States has openly supported European attempts to ban Iranian channels.
Press TV says the campaign against Iranian media violates Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that promotes media freedoms.
Do you consider the ban on Iranian media as a violation of free speech?
(If your answer is positive then I invite you to sign this petition:
"Stop War on Free Speech!"
Now we have a less of a voice and now people have one less point of view when watching the news.
"Stop War on Free Speech!"
- Leslie GoudyLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
US propaganda is far worse than Iranian as they pretend to ride the white horse and be the knight in shining armour when in fact they smell of greed and corruption and use children worldwide for their moneymaking schemes
- GregLv 77 years ago
This is not a free speech issue.
Not an American free speech issue anyway.
If you had not heard, the U.S. and a number of other nations via the U.N. have a continuing embargo against Iran..... you know.... for that whole "trying to destabilize about half the planet" thing by developing nuclear weapons while ignoring a treaty Iran signed.
When Iran starts to abide by its treaties and internation obligations.... it can have it's satellite "voice" back.
You understand the concept of "political pressure" correct?
- Anonymous7 years ago
I consider that a measure to block the Iranians propaganda
you need to understand that our government ( the USA)
is try so hard to build a good pretext to go bombing in Iran
like they did in Iraq & Afghanistan
because they will go to war against Iran
that is already a fact..!!
- The rainmakerLv 77 years ago
This is just the US government exerting its power where it does not belong. Whats next, AL Jeezeera is gone too?
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- How would I KnowLv 77 years ago
And a genocidal state has one less source of revenue.