FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 24, 2012
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UANI Applauds Hispasat for Ending Broadcast of Iranian Regime Programming
New York, NY - On Monday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) applauded Spain's Hispasat for ending its broadcasting of Iranian regime programming. Specifically, Hispasat has ordered the removal of Iranian channels Press TV and Hispan TV.
Hispasat's decision follows UANI's November 20 public call for Hispasat and its CEO, Carlos Espinós Gómez, to stop making "unreasonable justifications for its business in Iran and immediately stop broadcasting Iranian regime programming."
UANI originally sent Gómez a letter on November 9 calling on Hispasat to "cease the broadcast of all Iranian regime transmissions via the Hispasat 1C satellite, including that of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and its affiliates such as Press TV."
Hispasat joins Hong Kong's Asiasat, Canada's Telesat, British telecommunications company Arqiva, and European satellite provider Eutelsat in ceasing the broadcast of regime programming in response to UANI.
Said UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace:
We applaud Hispasat for ending its broadcast of Iranian regime programming. Any network or provider committed to free speech must end its relationships with the Iranian regime given the regime's libelous programming that broadcasts hate speech against religious minorities, forced confessions of peaceful dissidents and civil society activists, and show trials of political prisoners.
Hispasat joins other providers such as Asiasat, Telesat, Arqiva, and Eutelsat in taking the responsible action on this issue. We call on all media entities to stop broadcasting IRIB programming and other regime propaganda.
Click here to view UANI's November 9 letter to Hispasat.