'Blatant Assault on Free Speech': Iranian TV Channels Gagged in Europe
February 25, 2013
European satellite provider Eutelsat is reportedly pressurizing a Slovenia-based satellite communications company to stop carrying Iran's Arabic-language Al-Alam news network. Press TV, Al-Alam's English-language equivalent, which has been the victim of similar moves in Europe and North America, describes the attempted takedown as "a blatant assault on the freedom of speech." Eutelsat has threatened the Slovenia-based satellite communications company Satellite Telecommunications Network (STN) with punitive measures if it doesn't remove Al-Alam from its platform within the next 48 hours. On February 20, the Arab satellite provider Gulfsat banned Iranian channels iFilm and Al-Kawthar, also under direct pressure from the Eutelsat, which says it is complying with EU-approved sanctions against Iran. Press TV has conducted an interview with Beirut-based political analyst Kamel Wazni to further discuss the issue.
From newstodayuk | May 22