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Iran: Leading human rights activists criticise satellite providers Eutelsat, Intelsat & Arqiva for enabling broadcasts of coerced confessions

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Company response
21 December 2011

Eutelsat response re alleged broadcasting of Iran’s repression

Author: Eutelsat

In our capacity as a satellite operator, Eutelsat has actively supported and continues to support international Farsi channels that include BBC Persian, Voice of America and Deutsche Welle that have been the target of deliberate jamming...Eutelsat strictly refrains from any judgment of ideological or political positioning of content, and unequivocally follows instructions from all relevant regulators at national or European level.

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Company response
14 December 2011

Arqiva response re alleged broadcasting of Iran’s repression

Author: Arqiva

Arqiva provides satellite services under contract and is obliged to deliver content according to agreed criteria, provided the transmissions are legal and licensed.

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8 December 2011

Commentary: Broadcasting Tehran’s Repression [Iran]

Author: Shirin Ebadi & Hadi Ghaemi, publised in Wall Street Journal Europe

European companies, particularly satellite providers, continue to provide services to Tehran despite its comprehensive assault on free expression and free access to information...Iran leads the world in illegal jamming of international satellite broadcasts, but it is a prolific user of international broadcasting platforms for its own programming. European satellite companies like Eutelsat, Intelsat and Arqiva provide extensive services to the Iranian state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting...Over the past two years, during which Iran increased its jamming of Persian-language broadcasts from abroad, Eutelsat and Arqiva have done little to hold the Iranian government accountable...The IRIB acts as the state’s broadcast producer and creative director for forced televised confessions and show trials...European companies choose to look the other way while such coerced confessions and libelous programs flow freely from their satellites. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Eutelsat, Intelsat and Arqiva to respond. Eutelsat and Arqiva's responses are available below. Intelsat declined to respond.]

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Company non-response
8 December 2011

Intelsat did not respond to: Human rights activists criticise satellite providers for enabling broadcasts of coerced confessions.