Iran introduces measures against Roj TV, confiscates satellite antennas
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
Iran has carried out an operation aimed at Kurdish station Roj TV, supporter of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), with all those having a satellite antenna enabling them to watch the channel, which broadcasts out of Denmark, facing a fine or even imprisonment.
In news reported on the Firatnews Web site, also known for its closeness to the terrorist PKK, Iranian police are said to have confiscated thousands of satellite antennas. Those found in possession of the reception equipment could end up in court and liable for a $5,500 fine or imprisonment. The watching of satellite television has been prohibited since 1995 in Iran; before then Western music and movies were banned.
Turkey submitted three different applications for the closure of Roj TV back in June 2006, under the justification that it was inciting violence and spreading racism. But the Danish Media Secretariat, which issued Roj TV the necessary licence for broadcast, rejected all three of Turkey’s applications and allowed Roj TV to continue broadcasting.
The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by the US, the EU and Turkey.
(Source: Today’s Zaman)
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