In a poll conducted with 11,000 viewers, 76 percent believe the reason for which the European Union (EU) blocked Iranian news satellite channels was to hide the truth from Western populations.
The Israeli-owned Satellite broadcasting company Eutelsat cancelled some 19 Iranian channels, blocking them from many European audiences earlier this month. Press TV and other Iranian channels can still be viewed on the Hotbird satellite provider.
According to the poll conducted by Press TV, 17 percent believed the EU has lost media monopoly; 4 percent believed the EU does not want Iranian media to mislead the West; and a mere 3 percent believed the EU is doing its job in the correct manner.
Press TV has interviewed Mr. Ralph Schoenman, political commentator from Berkeley, to discuss the poll results further. The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
The results of the Press TV poll show that near 80 percent of the respondents believe this is a concerted effort to block the truth from reaching the Westerners. What do you make of it?
Well it goes beyond that of course. It is that they want to silence Press TV and they want to silence any voice from Iran.
We have to understand that this is part of essentially a declaration of economic and overall war against the population and the nation of Iran by the American imperialism and by the NATO countries.
Keep in mind that the sanctions that have been put in place were bragged about in the presidential debates between Obama and Romney, in which Obama boasted of imposing the strongest sanctions against Iran in history: their currency has dropped 80 percent; their oil production has plunged to the lowest level since the war with Iraq; their economy is in shambles; to which Romney responded by calling for yet tougher sanctions.
And that is the context in which the European Union is imposing, as a part of those sanctions, a ban through Eutelsat on transmissions by Press TV. It is part of this economic and military and overall imperial war against Iran.
Keep in mind the European Union like Obama himself received the Nobel Peace Prize. It should be called the Nobel War Prize after all given the context here.
And it should be kept in mind the utter hypocrisy of this. Iran has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty whereas Israel has refused to sign it.
Iran has allowed the IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency’s inspections whereas Israel refuses anything of the kind.
Moreover the United States and Israel have a long record of illegal wars of aggression throughout the region and are now threatening one against Iran.
So, that is the context. It is not just silencing the voice of Press TV, it’s strangling the economy of Iran, it’s an effective war against the people of Iran and I should also emphasize in that context - What is occurring as this sanction against Press TV unfolds: “US Israeli preparations for war against Iran,” says Business Voice
“The largest ever joint Israeli military exercise commenced a week ago Sunday to test the integrated anti-missile system of Israel. The three-week war games involving 3,500 US special personnel in Israel and Europe and a thousand of members of Israeli defense forces.”
This is the context in which this banning of Press TV occurs. It is a war of sanctions; it is a preparation for military war.
And again, Business Insider
has told us that the US and Britain are, “putting final touches on a military operation against Iran.” - this the day before yesterday.
Silencing the voice of Press TV is silencing the people of Iran from responding to this threat of war and this strangulation of their economy in which NATO, the imperial countries and of course the United States and Israel play essentially the leading role.