U.S. skeptical about Cuban claim on Satellite jamming
AP - World News
Aug 20, 2003
The Bush administration will likely begin using satellite transmissions of TV Martí to make the U.S.-funded broadcasts more readily available for Cuban viewers and less susceptible to Cuban government interference, a U.S. official said Wednesday.
''It's possible that this is going to be happening soon,'' the U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Herald.
Cuba now easily jams regular TV Marti signals, broadcast from a balloon in the Florida Keys. Satellite broadcasts would be available via as many as 15,000 satellite dishes across the island.
U.S. broadcasters are meanwhile skeptical about the Cuban government's assertion that it had nothing to do with the interference with U.S. satellite television broadcasts to Iran, which jammed both U.S.-government and Los Angeles-based private programs for nearly a month.
The jamming of the Iranian signals ceased Aug. 3 after Cuban officials told the State Department the interference was coming out of an Iranian diplomatic facility in or near Havana. The Cuban government has denied any role in the disruptions of the Farsi-language satellite broadcasts to Iran, often critical of Tehran's Muslim theocratic government.
But broadcasters affected say the disruptions would be difficult to do without the government's knowledge.
''That equipment for jamming is not available at the market,'' Fariborz Abbassi, owner of one of the affected private Los Angeles stations, said in a telephone interview. ``I don't believe what the Cuban government is saying.''
The interruptions affected U.S.-funded Voice of America programs out of Washington and private broadcasts from Los Angeles. http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1849.shtml