'Spain ban on Iran’s Hispan TV, violation of democratic principles'
Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:24PM
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