EU to move against Iran satellite, internet censorship

The European Union is on Monday set to announce it intends to take action to “put an end” to satellite jamming and internet censorship in Iran. Foreign ministers from EU member states meeting in Brussels will issue a declaration that notes with “grave concern” the measures taken by Iranian authorities in recent months to prevent its citizens from accessing certain content via TV, satellite, mobile phone and the internet. The BBC’s Persian service and Germany’s Deutsche Welle have also been the object of the Islamic Republic’s high-tech censors. The resolution notes that complaints made via the International Telecommunications Union, a Geneva-based UN agency, have been ignored by the country. The bloc will call on Tehran to cease such jamming and internet censorship “immediately”. If Iran does not respond, the EU “is determined to pursue these issues and to act with a view to put an end to this unacceptable situation.” What precise sanctions the EU could take are not spelt out in the declaration, although it is thought that exports of some electronic and telecommunications equipment from European manufacturers could be halted.

http://euobserver.com/9/29735

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