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BBG Castigates Iran, Syria

Says jamming of regional programming continues, including from another source

Reflecting the recent tense mood between the United States and Iran, the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors issued a condemnation of that country for interfering with programming from Alhurra TV, Radio Sawa, Radio Farda and other VOA services. In addition, it said, the BBC has also been affected.

A release describing the criticism noted that a second, likely coordinated, source of jamming was now coming from Syria.

BBG Chairman Walter Isaacson stated, “The notion that the locus of some jamming of our broadcasts into Iran is from Syria is something that people should know.”

This follows a Jan. 13 official resolution asking the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference and the satellite broadcast industry to “repudiate this illegal behavior,” according to a release.