An Iranian Member of Parliament is calling for the Middle East country’s satellite laws to be revised, criticising the current situation as incompetent.
Seyyed Ramezan Kiasari, Sari Constituency MP and Member of Parliament’s Cultural Affairs Commission, told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) yesterday that “satellite TV is a global reality that cannot be denied”.

It is currently illegal to receive satellite television signals in Iran, although the practice is widespread and the law only enforced intermittently.

“The fact that this law is not implemented at a very broad scale nationwide means that the sufficient implementation power does not exist, and furthermore, that it is not applicable at all,” Shoja’ie Kiasari told IRNA.

“The law is in need of a thorough revision,” he added.

The MP highlighted a recent news report saying police in western Tehran had confiscated over 2,000 satellite dishes. He suggested that police force commanders nationwide should be asked how many dishes have been imported into the Islamic Republic.

“Also, the country’s national radio/TV officials should be asked [why it] is the people’s interest in watching satellite TV stations increased so much,” Shoja’ie Kiasari said to the state news agency.

Although satellite television is banned within the country, Iranian state broadcaster IRIB has broadcast its own 24 hour satellite news channel, Press TV, internationally since July 2007.

Kiasari said that media proliferation is now used as part of global governance, saying: “Today the satellites have also been turned into means for threatening the governments and we, too, can take advantage of the same means against the enemies of our system reciprocally.”