Wednesday July 12, 2012
Kurdpa: The satellite feed of the Kurdish language television TISHK TV was jammed on Thursday, July 12, 2012 for the second consecutive year.

The interference began on early Thursday morning on the 23rd anniversary of Iranian Kurdish leader’s assassination by the mercenaries of the regime of Islamic Republic of Iran.

The station broadcasts from Paris into Iran and other Kurdish areas in the Middle East and Europe primarily in Kurdish and Persian with weekly programming in Arabic and Baluchi.

On TISHK TV’s facebook page, viewers were asked to update the availability of signal with respondents in Iran and Iraq indicating no signal for the station for much of the day and down sporadically in Europe as well.

The authorities in Iran had also jammed TISHK TV over its coverage of the planned mass strike for July 13, 2011 in the Kurdish areas of Iran.
“A signal stronger than what Eutelsat has been relaying to Hot Bird 6 is being streamed from ground into this frequency and this has caused halt in TISHK TV’s broadcast.” TISHK TV administrators said in a release quoting Globecast officials in 2011.

Other satellite station had also been jammed in the past including the BBC Persian and VOA Persian and “Satellite technicians have traced that interference and have confirmed it is coming from Iran.” Reuters had reported in the past.

Dr. Abdulrahman Ghassemlou, then the General Secretary of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan was assassinated with two aides on the purported negotiating table by the dispatched diplomat-terrorists of the regime of Islamic Republic of Iran on July 13, 1989 in Vienna, Austria.

Every year, on the day of his assassination, the people of Iranian Kurdistan condemn this terrorist act by closing shops and markets and staying home. The Iranian regime authorities have levied heavy fines on shop-owners and punished them and others for commemorating Dr. Ghassemlou’s death.

Satellite-jamming has become a big problem in the Middle East and North Africa and the practice is serious enough to threaten the satellite operators’ business.


An illustration of how Iran jams satellite feeds, source BBC

An article in February at detailed the decision of the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to condemn satellite jamming in Iran as “contrary to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” That decision came after complaints by several broadcasters, including the BBC, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, and Voice of America.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the UN that oversees the global satellite industry. In the ITU’s constitution, Article 45 – “Harmful Interference” – states clearly that, among other things, “the Member States recognize the necessity of taking all practicable steps to prevent the operation of electrical apparatus and installations of all kinds from causing harmful interference to the radio services or communications mentioned in No 197 above.”

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