EBU applauds ITU move to tackle satellite jamming
Editor ©RapidTVNews | 21-02-2012
In a clear rebuke to the recent actions of the Iranian and Syrian governments, the EBU has given support to ITU moves that will allow governments to take "necessary actions" when foreign powers deliberately interfere with satellite transmissions.
European Broadcasting Union member states approved a revision of the International Telecommunication Union regulations that will give governments greater powers to counter the practice.
The action was made following calls from not only the EBU but also individual broadcasters human rights groups and media freedom campaigners called for tougher action on the growing problem which has been demonstrated frequently by the Iranian government whose actions have included jamming BBC Persia signals transmitted on Eutelsat satellites.
Indeed the ITU revealed that it has received numerous complaints about international satellite TV programmes in Persian and Arabic, carried mainly on the aforementioned Eutelsat craft and also Arabsat satellites. Other channels which have suffered interference include Radio France Internationale, Deutsche Welle and RFE/RL.
As a consequence, the change, adopted by 165 member states of the WRC (out of 193 ITU members), was to article 15.21 of the regulations, which now reads, "If an administration has information of an infringement of the Constitution, the Convention or the Radio Regulations (in particular Article 45 of the Constitution and No. 15.1 of the Radio Regulations) committed by a station under its jurisdiction, the administration shall ascertain the facts and take the necessary actions."
Commented Ingrid Deltenre, Director General of EBU said, “From the EBU's point of view, this decision taken by so many countries participating in WRC-12 is a first important step in the right direction. Now we expect ITU services to be vigilant and ready to react to deliberate attempts to obstruct the free flow of information."