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Fri 21 Sep 2012 12:58 PM

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Bahrain acts to curb attacks on TV channels

Media authority tests new anti-jamming system after reporting 67 attacks since Sept 6

Bahrain acts to curb attacks on TV channels

Bahrain's media watchdog said on Friday it has successfully tested a new anti-jamming system following a spate of attacks on satellite TV channels being shown in the Gulf kingdom.

The Information Affairs Authority said the new system would "ensure its bouquet of TV channels broadcast without interruption".

IAA president Sheikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa hailed Bahraini technicians for "overcoming the jamming problem in a record time".

The new system has been tested over two days and proved efficient, especially during “peak jamming time”, Bahrain News Agency reported.

It said Bahrain's bouquet of TV channels have been deliberately jammed for over 10 days, prompting IAA officials to resort to cutting edge anti-jamming technologies to overcome the problem.

The IAA's technical affairs acting director Shaima’a Al-Hamed said that Bahrain's TV bouquet had been jammed 67 times since September 6.

Sheikh Fawaz said that the IAA would take "legal and administrative measures" to protect its commercial, financial and technical rights.

He added that the IAA legal team has contacted the broadcasting service suppliers to identify the causes and source of jamming.

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