|[November 08, 2012]
UANI Applauds Canada's Telesat for Stopping the Broadcast of Iranian Regime Programming
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
On Thursday, United
Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) applauded the Canadian global satellite
operator, Telesat (News - Alert), for ending its broadcasting of Iranian regime
In an October
30, 2012 letter to Telesat, UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace,
called on Telesat "to end all business activities in Iran and
specifically cease the broadcast of all Iranian regime transmissions via
the Telstar 12 satellite, including that of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Broadcasting (IRIB), the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN),
and their affiliates."
In subsequent discussions with UANI, Telesat pledged that it would
refrain from "any direct business relationships with the Government of
Iran or entities owned or controlled by that government."
Specifically, Telesat informed UANI that it recently severed its
relationship with a customer that "resold capacity on Telesat's Telstar
12 satellite (capacity it had contracted from Telesat) to the Islamic
Republic of Iran Broadcasting … [and] terminate[d] IRIB's transmissions
to Telstar 12."
Added Telesat: "The IRIB, we learned, was transmittig to Telstar 12 in
order to make its broadcast signal available to a teleport facility
located in Pennsylvania, where the signal was then retransmitted to an
Intelsat (News - Alert) satellite for broadcast distribution across the United States."
Telesat informed UANI that it has disclosed the situation to the U.S.
Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
Said Ambassador Wallace:
We applaud Telesat for stopping the broadcast of Iranian regime
programming. Any entity committed to free speech must end its ties with
the Iranian regime, particularly given the regime's libelous programming
that regularly includes hate speech against religious minorities, forced
confessions of peaceful dissidents and civil society activists, and show
trials of political prisoners.
We thank Telesat for its response on this important issue, and its
commitment to refraining from future business with the Government of
Iran or entities owned or controlled by that government. We call on all
media entities worldwide to stop broadcasting IRIB programming and other
UANI recently applauded British
telecommunications company Arqiva and European satellite provider
Eutelsat for ceasing their broadcasting of regime programming. As
part of its "Tech
and Telecom Campaign," UANI has succeeded in curtailing the business
of international telecom giants such as Adaptive
to view UANI's letter to Telesat.
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