Satellite>> Broadcasting ÔÇó Iran

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

As Iran’s inflation crisis fuels protests, the government jams international broadcastsIran has started jamming international broadcasting into the country. According to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the jamming is linked with reports of demonstrations and mass arrests of Iranians protesting the declining value of its currency, rial, which is at its lowest in two decades due to international sanctions on the country’s oil and trade sectors. Both Voice of America and news agency REF/RL report that in some instances, interference starts just before newscasts and ends just afterwards.

International regulations prohibit interfering with broadcast signals, called jamming. But Iran has deployed the tactic repeatedly in recent years. “The jamming of news delivered by satellite into Iran is an outrage, a deplorable violation of well-established international agreements,” International Broadcasting Bureau director Richard Lobo told BBG.

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