Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Reception of unwanted information

There are a lot of questions raised by this report. How many dishes were turned in? How many were seized? How long was the collection period? How many still functioned? What were the demographics of the owners? Was it more than a publicity stunt by the Basij?

One thing to note is that many of the Farsi language satellite channels are sponsored by monarchist exiles in the USA and Europe who are intend to undermine the authority and legitimacy of the revolutionary government.

[Thanks to my editor for spotting this article that I missed.]

Iran destroys 100,000 'depraving' satellite dishes
Iranian authorities have destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers as part of a widespread crackdown against illegal devices they say "deviate morality and culture".
Destroying old satellite dishes

General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, the head of Iran's Basij militia, oversaw the destruction ceremony in Tehran on Sunday and warned of the impact that satellite television was having in the country…

"What these televisions really achieve is increased divorce, addiction and insecurity in society."

Naghdi said that a total of one million Iranians had already voluntarily handed over their satellite dishes to authorities…

Iranian police regularly raid neighbourhoods and confiscate dishes from rooftops, and under Iranian law, satellite equipment is banned and those who distribute, use, or repair them can be fined up to $2,800…

"Most of these satellite channels not only weaken the foundation of families but also cause disruptions in children's education and children who are under the influence of satellite have improper behaviour," Naghdi said.

There are dozens of foreign-based Farsi satellite channels broadcasting mostly news, entertainment, films and series…

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