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DG5 Cite Uplink Jamming

International broadcasters complain of intentional interference with satellite transmissions

The heads of five big international broadcasters want the World Radiocommunication Conference to do something about satellite uplink jamming, which they believe is becoming more prevalent.

Iran is not named in their statement, though the broadcasters have expressed concerns with such jamming from that country before.

Trying to call attention to the issue are the British Broadcasting Corp., Deutsche Welle, Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors. The group of five directors general is referred to as the DG5.

They wrote to the WRC-12 conference in Geneva, which meets every few years to review international radio regulations. It is open now and runs through Feb. 17 at the International Telecommunication Union, part of the United Nations.

The five broadcast entities say satellite uplink jamming violates not only the radio regulations of the ITU but also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.