Arab journalists slam banning Al-Alam

Thu Mar 14, 2013 20:43:48

Arab and Lebanese journalists hold a gathering in Beirut to show their solidarity with Arabic-language news channel Al-Alam, criticizing western campaign against press freedom.

During the Thursday meeting, the journalists also protested against taking the Iranian channel off the air by the European satellite provider Eutelsat and other providers in Europe and Asia.


The participants stressed that the illegal measures are against “freedom of speech and flow of information.”

In recent months, European satellite providers have launched a concerted campaign to silence Iran’s international broadcasters.


In the most recent move, the European satellite provider Eutelsat pulled the plug on al-Alam channel.


Eutelsat’s Israeli-French CEO Michel De Rosen has stepped up his restrictive campaign by appealing to major satellite providers in Europe and Asia to silence Iranian media.


The campaign has revealed the true face of the West, which preaches respect for human rights and free speech but practices the opposite.


On February 20, the Arab satellite provider Gulfsat banned Iranian channels iFilm and Al-Kawthar under direct pressure from Eutelsat.


The encroachment upon freedom of speech targeting movie channel, iFilm, and Iran's Arabic-language Al-Kawthar came one day after Eutelsat asked Nilesat to take Iran's English-language news channel Press TV off the air.

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