A political analyst has described the Spanish government’s move to take Iran Hispan TV off the air as illegal and a violation of the principles of democratic system in the country, Press TV reports. “It is an illegal Orwellian move by the Spanish government and it is a throwback to the pre-democratic Spain and it clearly violates the principles of the Spanish democracy because for the very first time, we have a government-sponsored ban on the Iranian networks,” Kaveh Afrasiabi, an author and political analyst in Boston, told Press TV on Wednesday. The Spanish government ordered Madrid’s regional government to stop Hispan TV's broadcast as of January 28. Hispan TV, along with Iran's 24-hour English-language news channel Press TV, have been already targeted by Hispasat's fellow European satellite providers Eutelsat and Hotbird.
Afrasiabi added that Spain’s ban on Hispan TV raises the issue of legality as “it is not sanctioned either by the Spanish law or by the European Union” and has been questioned by a number of Spanish lawmakers.Spain’s third biggest party, the United Left, has reacted to the move, demanding in an official letter an explanation from Madrid on taking Iran’s Hispan TV and Press TV channels off Hispasat earlier this month. “We have seen in a number of pro-Israeli lobbies in Washington taking credit for the action taken by the Spanish government and that clearly reflects the Zionist influence on the Spanish government,” Afrasiabi added. The ban on Press TV and Hispan TV in Spain followed a similar move by France's Eutelsat company, which had already taken several Iranian satellite channels and radio stations off the air, claiming that the channels were removed because of “a wider interpretation of EU regulations.” Hispasat is partly owned by Eutelsat, whose French-Israeli CEO is blamed for the recent wave of attacks on Iranian media in Europe. MYA/SS