And, so, those who jam Persian-language satellite broadcasts are no gentlemen.

Posted: 10 Jan 2010   Print   Send a link
"French regulators have asked the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to intervene with the Iranian government to persuade Tehran to stop jamming satellite signals from the BBC World Service’s Persian-language broadcasts into Iran, according to the director of France’s National Frequencies Agency (ANF). ... 'The ITU is really a gentlemen’s club ... It depends on the goodwill of its members. There is no mechanism for forcing an administration into compliance with the rules.' ... The BBC Persian programming carried on the Eutelsat Hot Bird 6 satellite stationed at 13 degrees east was jammed starting last spring during Iran’s elections, and it has continued intermittently ever since, particularly during the broadcaster’s coverage of the death of a reformist Iranian cleric. ... For the BBC, a solution to the problem is likely to involve using replacement capacity on Eutelsat satellites whose beams make it impossible for Iranian authorities to uplink interference to the satellite. ... BBC World Service did not respond to requests for comment about whether the use of other satellites will provide a permanent solution to the problem or whether the broadcast audience will be sharply reduced as viewers need to repoint their rooftop antennas to the new satellites." Peter B. de Selding, Space News, 8 January 2010. Recommended reading. This is one of the first stories I've seen that explains the complexities and consequences of satellite jamming. One temporary remedy would be for BBC Persian TV and VOA Persian News Network TV to put their audio on shortwave, and to remind audiences that the shortwave option exists.
     Kai Ludwig in Germany wrote on 4 January: "It seems that VOA TV Persian has two days ago been taken off Eutelsat Hotbird 8. The 'special mux' on 12.242 GHz is now empty, and the main IBB mux on 12.226 GHz contains only color bars as placeholder for PNN. This as reported at My comment: How does this fit to the BBG statement from Dec 29 in which the private industry has been urged to 'stand united in the face of these authoritarian acts or risk even greater human rights losses'? Why has PNN been removed from the IBB muxes on Hotbird just four days later?" See previous post about same subject.