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Thursday, October 18, 2012

West Afraid of Iranian Channels’ Truthfulness : Analyst

These are the same U.S. and EU hypocrites that defend the murderers at You Tube and Google over their refusal to pull porn film "Innocence of Muslims" and are guilty of the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and members of his staff

PRESS TV
10/17/2012

Press TV viewers have condemned as illegal and hypocritical the ban imposed by the European officials on the broadcast of several Iranian satellite channels, saying that the move throws into question the West’s freedom of speech claims.


Ibrahim Moussawi
“Where is the freedom of speech and press in Europe? Hypocrites! When it is against Islam then it is freedom of the press and speech in Europe. Lift the ban now. Double hypocrites. This is the reason why God is punishing Europe with Economic crisis. It will NOT end soon until they acknowledge the truth,” a reader said.

Another viewer said, “Shame on the European Commission. They who have just been awarded the Nobel Price for peace are now suppressing freedom of speech and expression which are essential tools to report on breach of peace and the warmongers!”

“This European's illegal, illogical, uncivilized measure indicates its serious desperation and panic in facing the growing influence of Press TV across the world,” another comment read.

“Never there was freedom of expression in US or EU, only selective loose talk is branded as Freedom of Expression,” wrote a viewer.

European satellite provider Eutelsat SA has stopped the broadcast of several Iranian satellite channels, including Press TV, al-Alam, Jam-e-Jam 1 and 2, Sahar 1 and 2, Islamic Republic of Iran News Network, Quran TV, and the Arabic-language al-Kawthar following an order by the European Commission.

In a flagrant violation of the freedom of speech, the company ordered media services company, Arqiva, to take the Iranian satellite channels off one of its Hot Bird frequencies on Monday.

Press TV talks with Ibrahim Moussawi, director of Hezbollah Mass Media from Beirut, regarding the issue. Below is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Press TV:  Mr. Mousavi, we have been listening to the comments of our viewers regarding the media ban. We would also like to get your expert opinion. Is this not a blatant violation of freedom of speech which coincidently the West so hypocritically advocates?

Moussawi:  Absolutely but let me first tell you one simple thing actually. Aside from the condemnation that should be leveled and directed to those who have also taken the decision to ban the 19 TV satellite stations of the Iranians, we have to congratulate you.

I have to say that this a badge of honor for you, for all of those who are working at Press TV and that all the Iranian TV satellite channels about the media outlets, why? Because simply you are very affective.

Why would they do such a thing if you are not affective, if you are not causing them scandals, if you are not revealing the truth? This tells us all that we are in the true path of revealing what is really happening around the world, that we are doing a good job actually that made them very upset about it to take such a decision.

Now to talk about the nature of democracy that they have always been advocating and preaching, this tells you very much about not only the double standards and the inconsistency, but also about the hypocritical attitude and nature of these directives and these decisions.

Why would they do such a thing? I mean what about Press TV and what about the TV satellite channels? Is it going to explode in their sleeping rooms? Is it going to cause them any harm? Is it a terrorist who is going to storm into their houses?

I believe what they are afraid of is that they are afraid of the truth; they are afraid that their true nature would be revealed by Press TV and by others. That was why they wanted to ban these satellites; otherwise, they should come out with a certain justification.

I believe the West and the so-called democracies in the West have betrayed the very basic meaning of democracy of the freedom of speech that they have always said they care for.

Press TV:  And also if you can give us your comments about the reasons given by the European Commission for the ban of the Iranian channels. A top media official here in Iran has said that the reasons for the ban seem quite feeble.

Moussawi:  Well, no one could believe what they say actually. If they really care or if they are really truthful with themselves about the kind of justifications they have revealed, they can go so many places and they can find that there are real evidence that they should take decision against certain media outlets and satellites.

I have been following the Iranian TV channels and I could say I have my own criticism because you have opened up more than even the Western channels. They are not giving the chance for others to come and cast their opinions.

Now I have never been into a show in Press TV without having someone from the rivalry side. You always try to maintain a certain level objectivity that out-stands their own standards.

I believe it is purely political. They know Iran is very effective. It is a kind of pressure that has to do with the stance that Iran, as a government, Iran as a republic, is taking and it has nothing to do with the policy or the news editorial policy that the Iranian TV channels are advocating.

MSK/AHK/JR

 
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