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NDAA bans Iran’s Press TV from U.S. airwaves

By Mick Kelly |
January 5, 2013
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Chicago, IL – The massive 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law by President Obama Jan. 2, contains sanctions that effectivly ban Iran’s popular station, Press TV, from U.S. airwaves or cable networks. Press TV is still available on the internet.

Following the NDAA’s passage, Press TV interviewed Chicago anti-war leader Joe Iosbaker. the interview can be seen at http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/01/05/281926/us-has-torture-chambers-... . Iosbaker is also a spokesperson for the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, and is one of the anti-war and international solidarity activists whose home was raided by the FBI.

Iosbaker told Press TV, “In order for there to be an anti-war movement, there has to be alternative sources of information. And they’re afraid of the anti-war movement because even in just the recent history, the anti-war movement has had consequences for the rulers here.”

The NDAA sanctions on Iran target the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and the President of the IRIB, Ezzatollah Zargami. The law calls for “placing them on the list of specially designated nationals and blocked persons maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury.”

Iosbaker said to Press TV, “Anyone who has even a cursory understanding of history knows that the U.S. government has always been doing one of two things. They have always been either repressing dissent or they have been actively preparing to repress it.”

This is not the first such move by the U.S. The U.S. currently bans the popular and progressive Lebanese TV station Al-Manar. In 2008, a New York businessman was jailed for ‘material support for terrorism’ for including Al’Manar in satellite TV broadcast in the U.S.

5 comments

 
philip wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

Censorship

The People's Republic of China regularly censor's, or outright bans, Western Television Programs from their airwaves. Private satellite dishes require government approval to own and use. Google, Youtube, Facebook are all blocked and prohibited. Why would anyone expect the United States to be any different?

 
Anonymous wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

Free Speech

This is all about Free Speech. After all the gov’t (and their corporate cronies) censor the media and ban books like “America Deceived II”.
Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely censored:
http://www.amazon.com/America-Deceived-II-Possession-interrogation/dp/14...

 
Melonie wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

exactly

I feel sorry for people who believe that information delivered by anyone they dont agree with is propaganda... maybe those people like the idea of their personal North Korea... with FOX as the Dear Leader..

 
Anonymous wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

US is banning tv stations

PressTV gets it right most of the time, certainly compared to FOX News--which makes people stupid. Besides, it is interesting to see how people in Iran live. Press TV interviewed a Arizona REPUBLICAN who made the stupid remarks about Israel and the killings. If FOX News can have those crazies, why do you only criticize PressTV?

The US government is shutting down a major media source. The rich on Wall Street who run the government in their own interest are becoming more repressive with each passing month. It is because the US Empire is shaky and the rich are nervous about being challenged by the people of this country.

The struggle is in the streets, don't ban the airways! TB

 
Anonymous wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

PressTV is not an alternative

PressTV is not an alternative source of information, it is misinformation and enemy propaganda... Just last week they said the recent school shooting was an Israeli revenge killing.