Shanghai cracks down on satellite dishes

Seventeen government departments will launch a joint city-wide campaign to wipe out illegal television satellites that can receive foreign TV programs across Shanghai, reports the Oriental Morning Post.

Authorities including Shanghai Media Group, the industrial and commercial administration, public security forces, the real estate bureau, prosecutors and courts have already released notices to more than 11,000 property management companies across the city about the campaign, the report said.

Installations of the satellites in public places such as rooftops and the walls of residential buildings will be major targets during this year's campaign, the report said. The authority may dismantle the illegal satellites by force if owners refuse to co-operate, the report added and who resist the dismantlement may face prosecution.

The report added that the number of illegal TV satellites was estimated to be more than 300,000 in Shanghai.

(Source: ATV's News)