Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi praises Nokia Siemens' decision to halt work on monitoring centres in Iran, following reports govt. used its technology to suppress political activity

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Company response
14 October 2010

Response by Eutelsat: Eutelsat comments on allegations regarding obstruction of freedom of information, following Nokia Siemens' decision to halt work on monitoring centres.

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Article
14 October 2010

[DOC] Eutelsat further comments on allegations of obstacles to freedom of information in Iran

Author: Eutelsat

Eutelsat adds to the information you have on our company (our press release of 22 March) that we have worked closely with broadcasters, who include the BBC, Voice of America and Deutsche Welle to put procedures in place that restore regular interference-free broadcasting of these channels through our satellites. All these broadcasters, as well as other independent Farsi channels are now transmitting through four Eutelsat satellites...This means they are available to satellite homes in a region covering Europe and the Middle East, as far as Iran. As an independent, commercial company, Eutelsat does not respond to political or ideological pressure of any kind in the conduct of our activity...These principles have been explained to Dr Shirin Ebadi, with whom a Eutelsat representative met in April this year, at our request.

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Article
6 October 2010

Shirin Ebadi: “Nokia Siemens’ action a major accomplishment for Iranians and for people of the world”

Author: Intl. Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

In a press release published last week, Nokia Siemens Networks [NSN - joint venture Nokia & Siemens] referred to a meeting the multi-national company’s representatives had with [Nobel Peace Laureate] Shirin Ebadi, discussing transparency. “[NSN] is aware of credible reports that the Iranian authorities use communications technology to suppress political activity in a way that is inconsistent with that government’s human rights obligations,” stated the press release. “As a result of these credible reports, [NSN] halted all work related to monitoring centers in Iran in 2009"...Shirin Ebadi expressed hope that [NSN]'s attitude would lead other software providers, especially Chinese companies, to realize that technology must not be used against the people...According to Ms. Ebadi, through Iranian government’s negotiations with Eutelsat, the company participated in censorship...[T]hrough an agreement Eutelsat Company made with the Iranian government...BBC and Voice of America television stations were...put on...[a less effective] satellite...As a result, a number of people cannot have free access to information.

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Article
28 September 2010

Clarification on Nokia Siemens Networks’ business in Iran

Author: Nokia Siemens Networks

Dr. Shirin Ebadi...asked that Nokia Siemens Networks clarify its position on its business in Iran. On behalf of the company, Mr. French made the following points:
- Nokia Siemens Networks is aware of credible reports that the Iranian authorities use communications technology to suppress political activity in a way that is inconsistent with that government’s human rights obligations.
- As a result of these credible reports, Nokia Siemens Networks halted all work related to monitoring centers in Iran in 2009. Nokia Siemens Networks divested its monitoring center business in 2009 and will no longer provide monitoring centers to any country.

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Article
22 March 2010

Eutelsat statement on transmission of BBC Persian, Deutsche Welle and Voice of America Persian

Author: Eutelsat

Following new interference, Eutelsat wishes to give the following clarification regarding the transmission via its satellites of BBC Persian, Deutsche Welle and Voice of America Persian, which have been the target of repeated and deliberate jamming...Eutelsat continually carries out technical operations aiming to preserve transmission of BBC Persian, Voice of America and Deutsche Welle via its HOT BIRD...satellites. As of today, Deutsche Welle is broadcasting without interference from the HOT BIRD...position. Broadcasts of BBC Persian and Voice of America Persian have however been interrupted...following jamming activity...

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