French company GlobeCast has halted the broadcast of Iran’s Spanish-language Hispan TV on an SES satellite. (File photo)
French company globecast has halted the broadcast of Iran’s Spanish-language Hispan TV on an SES satellite in Latin America, in line with the Western campaign against free speech.
Europe's SES-Astra had ordered the French company to halt Hispan TV's broadcast.
"Globecast has received letter from SES dated March 29, 2013 requesting globecast to cease transmission of all IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) channels on April 8, 2013,” the satellite provider, owned by France Telecom, had said earlier in a letter.
The letter added that the decision had been taken after the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in February added the IRIB and its president Ezzatollah Zarqami to the so-called “Specially Designed Nationals List” to whom “it is prohibited to provide any support, including any service.”
In recent months, European satellite providers have launched a concerted campaign to silence Iran’s international broadcasters.
The campaign has revealed the true face of the West, which does not practice what it preaches regarding respect for human rights and free speech.
Eutelsat’s Israeli-French CEO Michel De Rosen has stepped up his restrictive campaign by appealing to major satellite providers in Europe and Asia to take Iranian media off air.