Document claims Persian state is jamming channels in protest at footage of Syria uprising
is jamming broadcasts by Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera, according to a
document from satellite operator Arabsat obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, with
the broadcaster saying it believed it was because of its coverage of Syria.
is coming from two locations in Iran, one west of Tehran and the other near the
northwestern city of Maraghen, the document showed.
believe that this is happening because of our coverage of Syria," a senior
official at Al Jazeera told Reuters, declining to be identified.
official said they believed other channels in the region had also been jammed.
Arabsat nor Iranian officials were immediately available for comment.
regional ally Syria has mostly barred foreign media from the country and has
criticised Al Jazeera's coverage of the upheaval there.
Saturday Al Jazeera announced a new frequency for Arabsat viewers due to
the past few months, Al Jazeera has faced sustained interference to our
satellite transmissions," the channel said in a statement.
Jazeera, owned by the Qatari government, aired round-the-clock coverage of
uprisings that brought down veteran rulers in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya last
frequently has had difficulties with Western and Arab governments in a region
where governments have traditionally kept tight control over state media.
President Bashar al-Assad vowed on Tuesday to strike "terrorists"
with an iron fist and derided the Arab League for its attempts to halt violence
in the 10-month-old revolt against his rule in a speech at Damascus University.
Assad complained, was the target of a relentless foreign media campaign.
Blaming unrest on "outside planning", he said: "The outside now
regrettably includes Arabs."
Does this explain why the Al Jazeera Sports Channels went off air last Saturday? They promised three FA Cup Matches, but showed one and a half before the signal was lost. On Sunday evening they were completely off-air again and on Monday Al Jazeera Sports +3 was off-air at the start of the Arsenal - Leeds FA Cup Tie.
E-mails to their "customer service" department remain unanswered.
There is a rumour that Al Jazeera Sports will win the English Premier League rights next season. For the sake of all soccer fans in the region let's hope note. Their picture quality is lousy when compared with Abu Dhabi Sports and their service is completely unacceptable.
Iran Jams most satellites, and in fact it is illegal to have a satellite dish in Iran.
On that note, Iran is considering to disconnecting the internet from world wide web and turned it into an Intranet, meaning you can only access the sites within Iran, like North Korea.