A political analyst says the Zionist regime of Israel is exerting pressure on Western satellite companies to remove Press TV as Tel Aviv fears the Iranian news channel’s truthful coverage of its atrocities.
The comment comes as the Spanish government has ordered the satellite service provider Hispasat to take the Iranian Spanish language channel Hispan TV off the air in a blatant assault on the freedom of speech.
Hispan TV, along with Iran’s 24-hour English language news channel Press TV, has already been targeted by Hispasat’s fellow European satellite providers Eutelsat and Hotbird.
Hispasat is partly owned by Eutelsat, whose French-Israeli CEO is blamed for the recent wave of attacks on Iranian media in Europe.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Tehran-based journalist and political commentator, Hamid Reza Emadi, to further discuss the issue. He is joined by the president of Middle East Research Center, Richard Hellman, and international analyst for Hispan TV, Javier Farje.
What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Mr. Emadi, your take on that because we have witnessed over the last year an increasing amount of pressure in general. We know first it was Press TV taken off the air in the UK and we saw what happened via various satellite entities and we see the same situation now happening for Hispan TV and other Iranian stations.
Now Mr. Hellman has said that because the Iranian stations are basically promoting propaganda into these countries that’s what’s happening. I’d like your take on the reason that is taking place?
Mr. Hellman as always never sticks to the question. He always talks about his own agenda. Mr. Hellman is known to be a supporter of the Zionist terrorists in Israel and no wonder all the time he tries to divert attention; even if you ask him about economy; you ask him about Israel, he talks about Iran and the politics in Iran. That’s the way he conducts the interview.
So I think those who are behind the war on Press TV on Hispan TV and on what we call alternative media are exactly the ones who do not want the message to reach the audience. The message is for instance in Gaza, the war in Gaza 2012 and the turn of 2008 and 2009. Press TV was there to cover the story.
Press TV had four correspondents during the 2008 and 2009 war. Press TV had other correspondents in the 2012 war. Press TV tried to cover the story in the best possible manner. It talked to a lot of people; it showed all the damage on the ground; all the killing of civilians by Israeli forces.
If there is going to be another war, Israel doesn’t want the likes of Press TV to be around to cover the story as they did before, so that’s why its representatives in Europe like Eutelsat, you know the Eutelsat CEO is an Israeli national, these people are trying somehow to put pressure on other satellite companies within Europe and in America to take Press TV and Hispan TV off the air.
They don’t want these two TV channels which belong to Iran, which try to communicate the message to the audience like no other. They don’t want these TV channels to be around and they want to do what they want to do without anybody reporting it.
[In response to Hellman] So Mr. Hellman if this is a propaganda tool of the government, if this is not free speech so what are you doing on TV Mr. Hellman? Mr. Hellman you are saying that this is a propaganda tool but you are on TV, you are being asked questions on Iranian TV! This is Press TV and Press TV has invited you to talk on Press TV on several occasions. You have insulted the Iranian nation and still Press TV invites you to the program. That’s free speech isn’t it…
We hear and see all the time the West waving the flag of freedom of speech and freedom of press. How do you reconcile what they say and what they’re doing?
I got my own list here. Look at Ofcom, AsiaSat, SES Austra, Eutelsat, Hispasat, US government; these entities have attacked Press TV over the past one year or so. You know since the beginning of 2012 Press TV has come under constant attack by satellite companies in Europe and even by the US government. So what free speech, what free speech are we talking about?
There is no free speech in the West, they don’t protect free speech. They just talk about protecting free speech but when it comes to practicing it they don’t protect free speech. You know Press TV was taken off the air in Britain; Press TV was taken off the air in Germany; Press TV was taken off the air in Latin America; Press TV was taken off the air in Asia; Press TV was taken off the air in Spain, Press TV is coming under attack.
‘Why is Press TV coming under attack?’ that’s the question. The viewers are asking, what is Press TV saying that is causing so much anxiety in the West, in the Western capitals? They do this cost and benefit analysis and they realize that if the cost of cutting down Press TV; the cost of shutting down an alternative channel is… they think that if they do that it is much better than if they keep the channel and the channel can communicate the message to the audience.
They do not want the message to be communicated to the audience. They do not want Press TV to show the protests on the streets, the crackdown, the violent crackdown of European governments on their own people, on peaceful protesters on the streets of Athens, on the streets of Madrid, on the streets of London. They don’t want these things to be shown on TV because they don’t show it on TV.
Look at the free speech thing. We have invited in Tehran a person called Richard Hellman and he is known for his pro-Israeli policies and comments and opinions. This guy comes on Press TV and insults the Iranian nation, insults the Iranian government, he gets invited again, that’s free speech, we’re giving a voice to everybody but CNN doesn’t do that.
You can never see somebody on Al Jazeera speaking against the emir, speaking against the king, they never do that. They never allow those people to appear on Al Jazeera. They don’t allow those people to appear on CNN, on BBC. They don’t do that. They just say what they want to be heard. They decide for the audience. We don’t decide for the audience. We’re just telling the truth.