Skip to comments.IRAN: U.S. satellite feeds to Iran jammed
Posted on 07/10/2003 1:07:30 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
| OVER THE PAST several months, private Iranian-American groups have begun increasing their broadcasts into Iran using Telstar-12, a communications satellite over the eastern Atlantic. All are trying to encourage protests against the regime in Tehran.
Iranians, using small satellite dishes, have been able to receive the broadcast, whose mix of news, entertainment and exhortations to protest have gained a large audience, particularly in Tehran. Then on Sunday, the Voice of America began its Farsi-language broadcasts.
Not long afterward, the jamming intensified.
Over the past few days as the fourth anniversary of the countrys most widespread protests approached the broadcasts have been jammed, not in Iran but somewhere in the Americas, according to officials and investigators.
Iranian students cancel protests
The Farsi language broadcasts by the VOA as well as Los Angeles-based ParsTV and Appadana TV are uplinked in the United States via Telstar-5, which is over the United States. It is then turned around at the Washington International Teleport in Alexandria, Va., and uplinked again to Telstar-12 over the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
| It is Telstar-12 that is being jammed, say investigators for companies working with the broadcasters, cutting off broadcasts not only in Iran but in Europe and the rest of the Middle East as well. In the past, the Iranian government, using high-power transmitters on towers in cities such as Tehran have been able to jam it locally. The fact that TV viewers elsewhere cant see it was the first hint that the jamming was happening on this side of the Atlantic.
Loral, which operates the satellite, declined comment on what it is doing in response.
The jamming appears to be linked to the anniversary of the student uprisings, said one investigator for a company working with the broadcasters who preferred to remain anonymous. Its malicious, not a prank. For us, it began yesterday, continues today. Not only are the Iranian signals jammed, but those of other nearby broadcasters are as well. We have a Chinese client who is being jammed.
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And just who is the Chinese client who is being jammed - Taiwanese?
Let me guess, the Chinese elint facility on Cuba is involved.
From the article:
A representative of one of the Iranian-American broadcasters said he suspected the jamming came from Cuba, which has excellent relations with Iran, but offered no proof.
And MSNBC would not dare try to support any publishing of supporting proof, like even mentioning the advanced elint facility.
No MSNBC probably wants to set up their own facilities in Cuba and want to curry the favor of Fidel.
Time for BAY OF HOGS.
Newscast to Nowhere
U.S. Taxpayers Pay for a Cuban Broadcast That No One Sees
By Jeffrey Kofman
June 11 It's the newscast to nowhere courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.
Fifty-five reporters, editors and producers all U.S. government employees work seven days a week in a television newsroom in Miami. Each day they earnestly assemble, record and broadcast 4½ hours of news and information programming in Spanish.
And no one sees it.
The intended audience is the people of Cuba.
Like those Voice of America radio broadcasts the United States used to beam across the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, TV Martí is meant to promote democracy in Communist Cuba. But since it began in 1990 the only thing it has successfully promoted is scorn here in the United States.
Because from the beginning, the Castro government has successfully blocked the TV Martí signal. It costs the Cuban government just pennies a day to operate the jamming antennas that are strategically perched on top of Havana's highest buildings.
It costs U.S. taxpayers almost $10 million a year more than $100 million since TV Martí began to keep broadcasting TV Martí's anti-Castro invective into the ether.
ABCNEWS Havana producer Mara Valdes checked to see if people on the streets of the Cuban capital had ever heard of the U.S.-based newscast that is produced just for them.
"No," said one man as he shook his head, "because I haven't seen it on TV."
"Never," added a woman, "because it can't be seen."
"TV Martí has just never been seen in Cuba," said Republican Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., one of chorus of congressmen who think TV Martí's funding should have been cut long ago. His conclusion: "It's a jobs program. Frankly, I think it's a political payoff."
The newest director of TV Martí and its sister operation Radio Martí (which is heard in Cuba, although even U.S. reports suggest it has very few listeners) is Pedro Roig. A real estate lawyer with no broadcasting experience but deep roots in the anti-Castro exile community in Miami, Roig gets a salary of $132,000 a year.
"I am not looking at the past, but at the future," said Roig when asked what he has to say to critics of his newscast to nowhere. "And my answer to the critics is this: This could be a valid criticism. Give us a few months. Give us time."
Roig wants time to explore alternative methods of transmission. Possibly from a satellite although few Cubans have satellite dishes and possibly from a U.S. government broadcast plane that would make daily flights just outside Cuban airspace. He doesn't know what that would cost. And while he and others explore options. The news goes on. To nowhere.
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