Iranian Diplomat Terms Media Ban Unpalatable Interpretation of Political Laws
TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iranian diplomat said that the ban on Iranian satellite channels violates media rules and conventions and is an unjustifiable interpretation of political laws passed by the European Union (EU) against Iran.
Tehran's Ambassador to Paris Ali Ahani made the remarks in a meeting with Chief Executive Officer of Eutelsat SA Michel de Rosen.
During the meeting Ahani emphasized that the decision by Eutelsat was adopted in accordance with "unpalatable interpretation" of the political laws passed by the EU against the Islamic Republic, adding that the move violates agreements between the two sides.
Ahani further noted that the ban on the broadcast of Iranian channels is a flagrant breach of treaties on the countries' right to equally use outer space and urged the company to revise its move.
In a flagrant violation of freedom of speech, European satellite provider Eutelsat SA and Intelsat ordered media services company Arqiva on October 15 to stop the broadcast of several Iranian satellite channels including press tv, al-Alam, Jam-e-Jam 1 and 2, Sahar 1 and 2, Islamic Republic of Iran News Network, Quran TV, and the Arabic-language al-Kawthar.