A senior Iranian lawmaker has censured certain European satellite service providers for pulling the plug on Iranian channels, expressing Majlis readiness to take necessary measures to rectify the situation.
In an effort to support the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting’s (IRIB) channels, Majlis is ready to take necessary measures to lift the broadcast ban on these channels, member of the Majlis Education and Research Committee Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said Monday.
”Iranian lawmakers will fulfill their duties in this regard,” Haddad-Adel pointed out.
He added that the ban on IRIB channels exposes the “power and strength of the logical views of the Islamic establishment” in the media.
The legislator said that sanctions on Iranian media prove that the West does not believe in freedom of speech and is afraid of the truth.
His comments came after several international satellite providers, including Eutelsat and Intelsat, stopped the broadcast of a number of Iranian channels on July 1, the latest in a string of similar attacks.
Press TV, Iran’s Spanish-language satellite channel Hispan TV and other Iranian channels have come under an unprecedented attacks by European governments and satellite companies since January 2012.
They have been taken off air in several Western countries, including Britain, France, Germany and Spain.
European companies say they are abiding by anti-Iran sanctions. However, Michael Mann, the EU foreign policy chief’s spokesman, has told Press TV that sanctions do not apply to media.(presstv)