Iran to take legal action against West media ban: Culture minister

Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini

Press TV -(Tue Jul 2, 2013) Iran Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini says Tehran will take the necessary legal measures to counter the Western satellite companies’ move to pull the plug on Iranian channels.

The West committed “totally illegal” act to take the Iranian channels off the air regardless of mutual contracts and agreements, Hosseini told reporters on Tuesday. 
“We should undertake legal and political measures and exhaust all options to bar Western countries from achieving their objectives,” the minister added. 
He said the Western governments cannot stand the “voice of truth” about their existing challenges and their contradictory attitude vis-à-vis Muslim states like Palestine. 
“The Western countries’ [move] to stop the broadcast of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting’s (IRIB) channels indicates the influence of these channels around the world,” Hosseini stated.
He emphasized that Western countries act in contrast to their claims.
On June 19, Intelsat told Iran’s national broadcasting corporation, IRIB, that it will no longer provide services to Iranian channels, including Press TV, as of July 1 because of the US sanctions.
Several international satellite providers, including Eutelsat and Intelsat, stopped the broadcast of a number of Iranian channels on Monday, the latest in a string of similar attacks.
The campaign against Iranian channels is considered a violation of satellite rules, under which all nations have the right to use satellites, with the audience entitled to receive information from any source they desire.
Press TV and other Iranian channels have come under an unprecedented wave of attacks by European governments and satellite companies since January 2012. They have been taken off the air in several Western countries including Britain, France, Germany and Spain.

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