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UN to Iran: Stop Jamming Broadcasts

The United Nations' top communications agency has called on Iran to stop jamming international satellite broadcasts.

The International Telecommunication Union said Friday interfering with foreign satellite signals is forbidden. The agency stopped short of blaming the Iranian government, but indicated the source of the jamming was coming from Iranian soil.

The ITU released the statement after receiving complaints from France on behalf of satellite provider Eutelsat.

Eutelsat claims Iran blocked Persian broadcasts by the Voice of America and the BBC after June of last year, when a disputed presidential election in Iran sparked mass anti-government protests.

The European Union has also condemned the satellite jamming.

The U.N. agency does not have a means to force Iran to stop the satellite disruptions.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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