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Telesat Stops Broadcast of Iranian TV Programming

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2012-11-09

Canadian global satellite operator Telesat says it will no longer carry broadcast content or programming of the Iranian regime.

Telesat has also said it will stop “any direct business relationships with the Government of Iran or entities owned or controlled by that government.”

The global satellite service provider had been in communication with a U.S. based not for profit group called United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), which had sought the cessation of transmission and has now congratulated Telesat for its decision “to end all business activities in Iran and specifically cease the broadcast of all Iranian regime transmissions via the Telstar 12 satellite, including that of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN), and their affiliates.”

In an October 30, 2012 letter to Telesat, UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, called on Telesat “to end all business activities in Iran and specifically cease the broadcast of all Iranian regime transmissions via the Telstar 12 satellite, including that of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN), and their affiliates.”

Specifically, Telesat informed UANI that it recently severed its relationship with a customer that “resold capacity on Telesat’s Telstar 12 satellite (capacity it had contracted from Telesat) to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting … [and] terminate[d] IRIB’s transmissions to Telstar 12.”

Added Telesat: “The IRIB, we learned, was transmitting to Telstar 12 in order to make its broadcast signal available to a teleport facility located in Pennsylvania, where the signal was then retransmitted to an Intelsat satellite for broadcast distribution across the United States.”

Telesat informed UANI that it has disclosed the situation to the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, advocacy group that seeks to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to obtain nuclear weapons. UANI was founded in 2008 by Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, former CIA Director Jim Woolsey and Middle East expert Dennis Ross.

 “We applaud Telesat for stopping the broadcast of Iranian regime programming,” said Ambassador Wallace. “Any entity committed to free speech must end its ties with the Iranian regime, particularly given the regime's libelous (sic) programming that regularly includes hate speech against religious minorities, forced confessions of peaceful dissidents and civil society activists, and show trials of political prisoners.

“We thank Telesat for its response on this important issue, and its commitment to refraining from future business with the Government of Iran or entities owned or controlled by that government. We call on all media entities worldwide to stop broadcasting IRIB programming and other regime propaganda.”

UANI recently applauded British telecommunications company Arqiva and European satellite provider Eutelsat for ceasing their broadcasting of regime programming. As part of its “Tech and Telecom Campaign,” UANI has succeeded in curtailing the business of international telecom giants such as Adaptive Mobile, Huawei, and Nokia Siemens Networks.

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, advocacy group that seeks to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to obtain nuclear weapons. UANI was founded in 2008 by Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, former CIA Director Jim Woolsey and Middle East expert Dennis Ross.



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