Iran broadcasting ban lifted
February 7, 2014
By Chris Forrester
The USA has lifted its ban on broadcasting links with Iran’s state broadcaster (IRIB). The decision follows on from positive meetings in Geneva before Christmas where various agreements were made. The ban has been lifted for a period of 6 months, although Washington will re-evaluate the situation in 60 days and measure performance.
The ‘Geneva Convention’ was signed by the US, UK, France, German, China and Russia. Further meetings are scheduled for later in February.
The accord came about after an unnamed senior US official said that Washington had determined that “harmful satellite interference” was not currently emanating from Iran.
The report adds that these countries could now provide the IRIB with their services without being exposed to US penalties. There is – as yet – no word on what this means for IRIB-backed Press TV and whether European and other satellite operators can carry Press TV’s channels.