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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Hispasat orders Overon to take Press TV, Hispan TV off air

Hispasat orders Overon to take Press TV, Hispan TV off air
Spanish satellite provider, Hispasat, is set to take Iranís Press TV and
Hispan TV channels off the air.
Press TV (Iran) Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:42PM GMT
http://presstv.com/detail/2012/12/20/279196/hispasat-to-take-iranian-channels-off-air/

In another blow to freedom of speech one more European satellite provider
attacks Iran's international TV channels.

Spainís satellite provider Hispasat will take Press TV and Hispan TV off the
air as of Friday. It has ordered Overon, another satellite company, to stop
the transmission of the two international TV channels.

Overon says the ban on Press TV and Hispan TV follows a similar move by
France's Eutelsat company which has already taken several Iranian satellite
channels and radio stations off the air. It says the channels will be
removed because of "a wider interpretation of EU regulations".

Overon says since the EU has blacklisted the head of the Islamic Republic of
Iran Broadcasting, Hispan TV and Press TV must be taken off the air. This is
while Hispan TV is officially registered in Spain and operates under that
country's media laws. And, the European Union has confirmed to Press TV that
its anti-Iran sanctions do not apply to the country's media.

Hispasat is partly owned by Eutelsat, whose French-Israeli CEO is blamed for
the recent wave of attacks on Iranian media in Europe.

Press TV contacted Hispasat and the EU foreign policy chief's office to get
a reaction, but to no avail.

TNP/SS/IS

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