Iran is stepping up its fight against satellite TV. A statement made on the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan by a senior government official called on the public to fight against “the ills of satellite TV” in the country.
Abdolreza Azadi, described as the deputy head for Cultural & Social Affairs, said: “Satellite [TV] is a new phenomenon which aims to destroy the very moral foundation of Islamic communities. Today, the Iranian nation’s culture and identity are the targets of our enemies’ massive invasions,” Azadi added.
His remarks, reported by BBC Monitoring, added that officials had seized more than 3000 satellite dishes from people’s rooftops over the past year. He added that that “a new move will soon start against the ills of satellite and foreign TV channels, concurrent with the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.” Azadi also said that “the second phase” of the plan will begin in the month of Muharram (which will start on October 26th).