Banning Press TV could necessarily cut its voice?
Britain did all it could to make Press TV to disappear from the
country's television screens for questionable reasons.
According to BarackObama.ir,
After years of struggle to impede the operations of Iran's English news channel,
Britain did all it could to make Press TV to disappear from the country's
television screens for questionable reasons.
What did happen to Press TV in UK?
Ofcom revoked Press TV's
license and removed the channel from the Sky platform on January 20 for what it
claimed to be the news network's breach of the Communications Act. The British
media regulator also served Press TV's London office with an order to pay a
Since its launch in 2007,
Press TV has been a thorn in the side of Britain's right-wing and pro-Israeli
groups who worked rigorously to limit its operations inside Britain as the
mission of the channel was "to give a second eye to Western audiences,” as
described by Press TV CEO, Mohammad Sarafraz.
In 2010, the whistleblower
website WikiLeaks revealed that the US and British governments were engaged in
"exploring ways to limit the operations of the IRIB's Press TV service, which
operates a large bureau (over 80 staff) in London.”
Nevertheless, they needed a
well-thought-out conspiracy as the revealed cable disclosed "UK law sets a very
high standard for denying licenses to broadcasters. Licenses can only be denied
in cases where national security is threatened, or if granting a license would
be contrary to Britain's obligations under international law.”
conspiracy started with several attacks on Press TV from British banks. The most
blatant instance came in 2011 when the 84% state-owned National Westminster
Bank, commonly known as NatWest, froze Press TV's account, leaving a devastating
impact on the operations of Press TV Ltd., Press TV's production company in
In February 2011, the
whistleblower website WikiLeaks revealed that NatWest had refused to respond to
their requests asking for the reasons behind their decision.
Britain's latest attack on
Press TV came on Friday when policy advisor to the former British Prime Minister
Tony Blair, Ed Richards, decided to revoke the channel's broadcasting license.
The official reason behind the
decision made by Ed Richard, who is currently the Controller of Corporate
Strategy at the BBC and the head of Britain's Office of Communications (Ofcom),
was that Press TV's editorial team was based in Tehran.
This comes as several other
channels, including CNN and Al Jazeera, have their editorial teams in countries
other than Britain, in other words, the US and Qatar.
Despite Britain's all-out
efforts to prevent British people from being able to hear the voice of the
voiceless, Iran's alternative news outlet still provides British people with its
wide coverage of issues absent in the British media.
-'Press TV was menace to
"To have a station like Press TV, which provides a different perspective [and]
which isn't about broadcasting war propaganda to justify aggression against
independent countries, really is dangerous for imperialist countries like
Britain,” Lizzie Phelan An independent journalist said in an interview with
Phelan described Ofcom as an "arm of the British state,” adding that the hostile
and hypocrisy ridden measure of the British media regulator against Press TV
marked "a very dark day for freedom in Britain.”
-'UK Press TV ban prelude
to Iran war'
"All that is coming to deny Iran the ability of expressing really what is
happening in Iran and the motives behind imperialist forces [who] are preparing
to attack a country [which] never for the last three hundred years attacked
anyone except defending itself against aggressors,” Saeb Shaath told Press TV in
an exclusive interview.
"But to me, I see this is a real dark day for freedom of speech and a gross
reminder of the Spanish Inquisition to silence the voice of Press TV, which
gives a huge number of followers in the UK and EU an alternative point of view
which underlies what is really going on in the world and that is what has scared
-'Zionist Bicom behind UK
Press TV ban'
The Zionist Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre (Bicom) has
collaborated with the state-controlled British Office of Communications (Ofcom)
to ban the alternative English-language channel Press TV in the UK, Ismail
Salami, Iranian author and Middle East expert says.
"Apart from garnering support for the Zionist regime among Britons, the office
also serves as a bridge between the Mossad and MI6,” with its current head,
Lorna Fitzsimons, a member of the parliamentary lobby group Labor Friends of
Israel (LFI), Salami elucidated
-UK ban on Press TV
violates free speech
We saw the quotation in the Sunday Times one of Mr. Murdoch's Qatar newspapers,
says George Galloway, former British MP, in which a highly placed foreign
office official was quoted directly saying that yes, efforts were been made to
take Press TV off the air.
The Great Britain, Francis Bacon describes self-censorship as the arrow that
flies in the night, because no one sees it but achieves its deadly effect. And
this action today by Ofcom will undoubtedly cause self-censorship elsewhere in
the media operating in Britain because people at the top of other media outlets
will know that if they or the county to which they belong, false fowl of the
British Anglo American foreign policy access that the same thing can happen to
-Press TV ban says West
Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi says revoking Press TV's UK
broadcasting license runs counter to Western claims of democracy and freedom of
-'British govt. behind
Press TV ban in UK'
Nevertheless, whatever OFCOM says, unfortunately the result of this is deeply
political to certain viewpoints, Phil Rees, author and journalist in London
Indeed, Rupert Murdoch is allowed to say what he wants to in terms of
warmongering in the Press and then when it comes to the broadcast media the laws
here restrict debate because they see the parameters of debate as being defined
by the political parties.
-'UK moving towards a
Lizzie Phelan, freelance journalist:
how ironic that here I am sitting in Damascus in Syria, which is a country being
accused by the British state of lacking all the freedoms that we claim to hold
so dear in Britain i.e. the one that you just mentioned, freedom of expression.
Of course, Syria has been condemned for not allowing journalists into the
country and today we have an arm of the British state for the first time closing
down an international channel in its own borders.
Let's not forget that in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez closed down RCTV for a much less
flimsier reason than they are giving for closing down Press TV - of course, he
closed down RCTV because they were calling for his assassination no less - then
the British state and the British press had a field day accusing him of lacking
democracy in his country and cracking down on freedoms that we supposedly hold
so dear and freedoms that we go around the world bombing other countries in the
name of, not to mention Libya, which was being accused of a lack of democracy,
freedom of speech, human rights, etc.
This is/was not the first time! Jamming signals
keep disrupting IRIB
British technicians in Bahrain continue jamming the signal of Islamic
Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) channels on the Hotbird satellite
The transmission of jamming signals on frequency: 12437 MHz, horizontal
position, symbol rate: 27500, FEC ¾ began on January 17, 2012.
The blocked channels include
provincial channels and a number of international channels such as Press TV,
Al-Alam, Al-Kowsar, Jame-Jam and Sahar.
The Eutelsat telecommunication
giant declined to comment on the problem after IRIB contacted them for
How to watch Press TV in UK
Press TV viewers in the UK can
continue to watch the news channel via the following satellites or by visiting
the following websites despite the British Office of Communications (Ofcom)
removing the channel from the Sky platform.
You can watch Press TV broadcast from anywhere in the world by visiting the
· Press TV
watch live services (Worldwide)
platform and IPTV. Supports PC, MAC, Linux and all tablet PCs and
OHTV Box (Internet Set-top
Roku Box (Internet Set-top
box) (Worldwide) (Available in UK from January 2012)
Livestation (Internet platform. Supports PC MAC, Linux and all tablet PCs
You could also view our
broadcast through the following satellites:
Hot Bird 8 (13E)
Eurobird 1 (28.5E)
SES ASTRA (19/2E)