European broadcasters accuse Syria and Iran of signal jamming

Louise Duffy | 22-10-2012

The Geneva-based European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is that latest organisation to complain that it has experienced signal jamming.

It says Syria and Iran appear to be behind the deliberate signal-jamming that has interrupted news delivered by satellite into parts of the Middle East.

In a statement on Monday it said that the targeted jamming cut off radio and television content by broadcasters including the BBC, France 24, Deutsche Welle and the Voice of America.

European satellite operator Eutelsat made a fresh appeal recently to international regulatory authorities over satellite jamming by Iran.

EBU director general Ingrid Deltenre says the jamming incidents are an "attack on media freedom" because they deny people access to information, a universal human right and an essential component for democracy.