ITSO calls on the U.S. and Intelsat to suspend decision to censor Iranian channels off air

‘US, Intelsat must stop Iran media ban’

Sun, 30 Jun 2013 12:25:46 GMT

The International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) has called on the United States and giant satellite company, Intelsat, to suspend their decision on taking Iranian channels off the air.

On June 19, Intelsat told Iran’s national broadcasting corporation, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), that it will no longer provide services to Iranian channels, including Press TV, as of July 1 because of the US sanctions.

Now, José Manuel Do Rosario Toscano, the director general of ITSO, which oversees Intelsat’s global services, has asked both Intelsat and the US to hold talks with Iran on the issue.

In a letter to Intelsat and the US State Department, ITSO has referred to a letter by Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi proposing discussions on the issue.

ITSO has called on both Intelsat and the US government to consider the option of talks in view of the June 14 presidential election in Iran.

The organization has proposed a meeting on July 3 at the organization’s headquarters in Washington or in Geneva.

ITSO is an inter-governmental organization charged with ensuring that Intelsat provides services on a global and non-discriminatory basis. It has 149 members, including Iran. In addition to being a member, Iran was previously a shareholder of the organization.

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