Discussion in 'News And Current Events' started by notCOBmiscavige, Jun 15, 2009.
Saw this on twitter:
Any other reports of media crack-down?
Western journalists are being arrested and having their tapes seized from them.
ALL western journalists are being told to leave immiediatley.
BBC radio and television are being jammed from inside Iran
The BBC has announced today that its satellite TV and radio broadcasts to Iran and other parts of the Middle East and Europe are experiencing heavy electronic jamming by sources that BBC technicians have identified as being situated in Iran.
The jamming, which began on Friday but has increased in intensity since, is targeting one of the BBCs satellites that broadcasts BBC Persian TV to Iran.
A BBC comminiqu quoted by French daily Le Figaro stated that they are using various methods to counter the jamming, which is mainly hitting its programmes in Arabic, although some other countries have been affected. Reception problems range from bad image and sound to total interruption of signal reception.
This seems to be part of the Iranian Authorities plan to limit news coverage of the possible consequences of a contentious election declared Peter Horrocks, Director of the BBC World Service. Any attempt at jamming BBC Persian is unjustified and is contrary to international treaties concerning communication satellites.
Horrocks also revealed that John Simpson, a BBC Correspondent in Tehran was arrested and briefly detained along with his photographer on Friday.
In another of a pattern of actions by the Iranian Authorities which seems to be aimed at limiting negative image and opinion from entering or leaving the country, Al-Arabiya, the major Saudi TV news channel, has had its Tehran offices shut down for a week. No reasons for the shutdown are said to have been given.
Other reports from Tehran indicate that social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube and twitter have been taken down since the elections. SMS texting services have also been curtailed.
The media organisation Reporters Without Borders, which campaigns for press freedom, issued a statement today which read The blocking of access to foreign news media has been stepped up. In addition to the blocking of the BBCs website, the Farsi-language satellite broadcasts of the Voice of America and BBC which are very popular in Iran have been partially jammed.
I saw nothing about the BBC jamming on CNN
Iran blocks TV, radio and phones but web proves more difficult
In its campaign to jam foreign news sources, Tehran is engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with internet users
Iran is engaged in a widespread clampdown on broadcast, mobile phone and internet communications in response to the country's contested election results.
The BBC has called on those responsible in Iran to stop interfering with its broadcasts. The intensive jamming is disrupting not only BBC Persian TV but TV broadcasts to the Middle East and Europe, according to the BBC World Service director, Peter Horrocks.
It is unclear who is interfering with the broadcasts, but Horrocks said satellite technicians had traced the source of interference to Iran. He said the interference fitted into "a pattern of behaviour by the Iranian authorities to limit the reporting of the aftermath of the disputed election". Horrocks wrote on the BBC Editors' blog: "Any attempt to block this channel is wrong and against international treaties on satellite communication."
Jamming over-the-air transmissions such as radio and satellite is not difficult: simply generating interference on the frequencies the broadcast uses will suffice. Richard Sambrook, director of the BBC's global news division, said he was worried satellite operators might drop news channels if the interference affected other commercial communications operations too widely.
The Iranian regime also appears to be selectively shutting down parts of the mobile phone network.
The internet is slightly more difficult to block because it is designed to circumvent problems, even if that problem is government censorship. However, in countries such as Iran and China, the government controls much of the infrastructure and can cut down on the number of alternative pathways.
In a 2007 report, the OpenNet Initiative said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran has installed one of the most extensive technical filtering systems in the world". Iran requires all internet providers to go through state-controlled gateways, and providers must employ filtering software. Reformist party websites, the photo-sharing site Flickr, foreign blog sites and social networks such as Facebook are often blocked in Iran.
Sophisticated users are able to route through alternate pathways to bypass government-controlled gateways. Information on how to do this is being passed around on Twitter to allow Iranians free access to the internet, but this can be a cat-and-mouse game.
of course you didnt hear anything from CNN. American news stations are basically glorified tabloids. Their failures are the reason for the success of blogs and tweets at this time!
I don't know if any iranians know what's going on in their own country but Ihave posted some video's to show you.
Apparently, internet access, cell phone access have been blocked preventing the people from Iran to access information from the outside world on what's going on inside Iran. People of Iran need to know. I hope these help?
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