Baku, Azerbaijan, May 30
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Senior Iranian official has confirmed that about 40 percent of the country's people use banned satellite TV channel receivers.
Some 35 to 40 percent of Iranians are using satellite TV receivers, Ezzatollah Zarghami, the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting said, the country's Mehr news agency reported on May 30.
Zarghami went on to say that about 15 percent of the mentioned people use the receivers to watch Iranian channels which are broadcasting via satellites.
The use of satellite antennas in Iran is prohibited by law. Although the authorities have systematically carried out activities to dismantle antennas, they are usually reinstalled after several days.
Iran's culture minister, Ali Jannati said in last December that More than 70 percent of people of Tehran watch banned satellite channels.
He also criticized the jamming of some Satellite channels, noting that it "will not be practical" in the future, when "almost 2000 TV channels will be available on mobile devices."
Earlier Iranian president Hassan Rouhani criticized the bans on satellite receiver antennas in Iran, saying that banning is an idea that belongs to the past, adding that "all people in the world, including those in Iran have access to satellite TV channels."
Over the past years, Iranian authorities have jammed foreign satellite channels, especially VOA and BBC Persian services.