Iran told to stop jamming satellite broadcasts

March 26, 2010 4:36:11 AM PDT
The U.N. telecommunications agency says Iranian jamming of international satellite broadcasts is "forbidden" and has ordered the Islamic republic to clear the interference. The International Telecommunication Union stopped short Friday of blaming the government for the jamming, but said the source was clearly from Iranian territory.

ITU said Friday it was acting on a complaint from France, representing satellite provider Eutelstat.

Eutelstat has lodged two complaints in the past nine months over what it says is Iran's "deliberate jamming operations" targeting Persian broadcasts by the BBC and the Voice of America.

The European Union has also denounced the jamming, as well as Iranian censoring of the Internet.

ITU has no effective means to enforce its order.


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