Two satellite transmissions jammed to prevent live broadcast of Iranians' 5,000-strong demonstration in protest to Khatami's visit to Italy

The clerical regime jammed transmission by two satellite transmitters to prevent live broadcast of the demonstration by more than 5,000 Iranians in protest to Khatami's visit to Italy, on Tuesday, March 9.

At 10:30 a.m. (local time), the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran jammed two satellite channels, Pan Am Sat and Asia Sat, which were broadcasting the demonstration live.

In this way, the regime expanded its terrorism to international communications networks fearing the dissemination of news and reports about the Iranian Resistance.

The mullahs who are extremely concerned about the impact of the Resistance's television programs among the Iranian people and especially among the youths and women, are trying in various ways, especially by jamming the signals to disrupt its broadcasts.

The decision to jam Simay-e Moqavemat television program was reached with the approval of Khatami and Khamenei. The Intelligence Ministry's Technical Directorate, the Guards Corps' electronic warfare section (in Tehran's Lashgarak region), the Ministry of Post, Telegraph and Telephone, and the state radio and television are assigned to task of implementing the decision.

At important junctures in the past, the regime has disrupted transmission of international communications networks. Last June, the regime jammed the live broadcast of the Iranians' demonstration in the Iran-U.S. match during the 1998 World Cup games in France. In May 1997, on the eve of the regime's presidential elections, the clerical regime jammed the broadcast of Simay-e Moqavemat for several weeks. On Feb. 17 this year, on the eve of the Islamic Councils' elections, the clerical regime violated international law and jammed the broadcast of Simay-e Moqavemat.

The Iranian Resistance calls on the International Telecommunications Union in the United Nations Economic and Social Council to impose legal sanctions against the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran. A regime, condemned in 43 different United Nations resolutions for human rights abuses and export of terrorism, must not be allowed to set a dangerous precedent at the international level to disrupt satellite communications and violate the principle of free dissemination of news and information.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
March 10, 1999

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