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BBC says Persian TV channel jammed from Iran

Jamming is latest in series of attempts to target channel, says British broadcaster

BBC says Persian TV channel jammed from Iran
BBC logo, headquarters

Britain's publicly-funded broadcaster the BBC said on
Wednesday its Persian television service was being deliberately jammed from
inside Iran.

The BBC said problems with BBC Persian on the Hot Bird
satellite began on Tuesday morning.

Eutelsat, owner of the satellite, confirmed the location of
the source of the jamming as being in Iran, the BBC said.

"The BBC and Eutelsat condemn this deliberate
interference that is clearly contrary to international conventions for the use
of satellites," the BBC said in a statement.

BBC Persian TV continues to stream live online and on three
other satellites.

The BBC said Persian television has suffered a number of
similar attempts to interfere with its signal intermittently since it was
launched in 2009.

In February, the BBC accused Iran of interfering with its
television coverage of protests in Egypt.