Iranian national broadcaster IRIB rejects ITU jamming complaints.

Posted: 18 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, 15 Apr 2010: "Iran’s national broadcaster, IRIB, has rejected a claim by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that Iran has jammed foreign radio and television broadcasts. IRIB said it was a law abiding member of the ITU, through the Radio Regulating Authority, and had never violated any of its regulations. IRIB’s response was contained in a letter to the ITU Secretary-General, Hamadoun Touré, from Mohammad Hosseini, adviser to the IRIB President and Chairman of its Center for International Affairs. Dr Hosseini said IRIB had itself been the victim of interference to its signals, causing considerable problems to its networks. He detailed instances in June 2009 where interfering signals had been directed at Intelsat, interrupting IRIB’s programmes and in one case knocking its domestic networks off the air. Interfering signals aimed at Arabsat and AsiaSat had caused similar problems, he said. 'Unfortunately your union has not reacted to such violations and refrained from supporting one of its active members.'" -- Of course, it's not typically the country's broadcasting entity that is assigned the task of jamming. On the subject of IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting), it's interesting that the broadcaster has two English websites: english.irib.ir and www.irib.ir/English, performing many of the same tasks. See previous post about same subject.
The Century Foundation, 15 April 2010, press release: "The Century Foundation today released a new report 'Dealing with Iran: Time for A 'Middle Way' Between Confrontation and Conciliation,' which presents insights about present-day Iran that are often missing from public policy discussions. ... Some of the specific measures recommended by the advisory group include: - Increase Iranian public access to the Internet by sanctioning companies that assist the Iranian government in Internet filtering, surveillance, and eavesdropping. - Create a secure e-mail service that can be accessed by activists to use inside Iran. There is no major secure free e-mail in Iran. - Facilitate the provision of high-speed Internet via satellite. - Dedicate a hardened satellite to host Iranian television and radio channels to enable Western news services, such as BBC Persian and Voice of America, to escape the Islamic Republic's routine jamming efforts." Report available at The Century Foundation, 15 April 2010. See previous post about this report.