16 Jul 2024
Saturday 2 February 2013 - 13:00
Story Code : 19181

Iran will sue Spain over ban on satellite channels: Iranian envoy

Eutelsat pulls Iranian channels off satelliteIrans ambassador to Madrid says a move to take Iranian satellite channels, including Press TV and Hispan TV, off the air shows the Wests dishonesty, adding that Tehran will file a lawsuit against Spain in this regard.
Morteza Saffari said in a press conference in Madrid on Friday that European countries claim to defend freedom of speech and human rights, but they cannot tolerate even two Iranian TV channels that convey Irans views to the world.
We have reliable documents that the move to take Hispan TV, Irans Spanish-language news channel, off Hispasat has been carried out under the influence of certain Zionist streams, Saffari added.
The Iranian diplomat strongly criticized Madrids approach to the issue and called on Spanish authorities to prevent damage to Tehran-Madrid relations.

The move to stop the broadcast of Hispan TV has no legal basis, Saffari said, adding that Iran would submit a complaint to Spains judiciary within the next few days.

The Spanish government ordered Madrids regional government to stop Hispan TVs broadcast as of January 21 in another blow to freedom of speech.

Hispan TV and Irans 24-hour English-language news channel Press TV have already been targeted by Hispasats fellow European satellite providers Eutelsat and Hotbird.

Hispasat is partly owned by Eutelsat, whose French-Israeli CEO is blamed for the recent wave of attacks on Iranian media in Europe.

The ban on Press TV and Hispan TV in Spain followed a similar move by Frances Eutelsat, which had already taken several Iranian satellite channels and radio stations off the air, claiming that the channels were removed because of a wider interpretation of EU regulations.

Eutelsat SA and Intelsat SA, which stopped the broadcast of several Iranian satellite channels in October 2012, have cited pressure by the European Union as the main reason.

However, the European Union has denied the claims by the European satellite companies.

By Press TV


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