BBG works to overcome Iran's jamming of Persian satellite news

On June 17, the Broadcasting Board of Governors added a third satellite transmission to overcome jamming of Persian-language news broadcasts during Iran's election period.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  July 24, 2005

On June 17, the Broadcasting Board of Governors added a third satellite transmission to overcome jamming of Persian-language news broadcasts during Iran's election period. The broadcasts affected included Voice of America's (VOA) direct-to-home Persian-language satellite television news programmes, Radio Farda, and VOA English. The three are carried on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite and Telstar 12. "That the government of Iran would jam Persian television and other US international broadcasts illustrates how threatened the authorities are by truth,” BBG chairperson, Kenneth Tomlinson, is reported to have stated according to a report by the Association of International Broadcasters. (AIB). Tomlinson, who condemned Iranian attempts to jam satellite television and radio services that carry US international broadcasting for Persian audiences, said the BBG would counter efforts to block information by providing programmes on multiple satellites and transponders. In the past, Iranian jamming of satellite television has occurred around the time of elections and other key political events. Iranian authorities are also known to direct Iranian Internet service providers to filter out the ability to connect to the VOA News and Radio Farda websites. The BBG has been countering these efforts through an Internet anti-censorship programme.

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