BBC: Service jammed in Iran due to Egypt coverage
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said Friday it believed its Persian service was being jammed by Iran because of its coverage of the current unrest sweeping Egypt, DPA reported.
Interruptions in coverage from BBC Persian began late Thursday. Satellites used by the BBC in the Middle East were jammed and the interference traced by technicians to within Iran, the BBC said.
"The events in Egypt are being viewed by the entire world," Peter Horrocks, director of the BBC World Service said. "It is wrong that our significant Iranian audience is being denied impartial news and information from BBC Persian TV."
"This is a regional story that Persian TV have been covering thoroughly and it is clear from our audience feedback that Iranian people want to know what is happening in Egypt," he continued.
The Persian service has shown extensive coverage of the anti- government protests in Egypt, which have been going on for over two weeks. dpa hl bve Author: Helen Livingstone