Foreign Affairs Council, 3005th meeting: common statements by Catherine Ashton, Werner Hoyer and Franco Frattini urging Iran to stop jamming European broadcasters satellite transmissions
End production: 22/03/2010 First transmission: 22/03/2010
On 22 March 2010, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and President of the Council, Werner Hoyer, Secretary of State at the German Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Franco Frattini, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, urged Iran to stop jamming European broadcasters satellite transmissions in common statements.
Iranian Authorities have been jamming foreign satellite broadcasts into their territory since late last year, with broadcasters such as the BBC and Deutsche Welle affected. Access to the Internet for Iranian citizens has also been affected.
Iran has ratified an international convention banning electronic interference with broadcasts yet still stepped up its Internet crackdown and surveillance amid a disputed presidential election last summer.
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||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC (in ENGLISH):we also been looking today, there is a statement on Libya, to do with the jamming of broadcasting, this is something are extremely concerned about.
We need to think about what we do in terms of response; we have to make step moves on this issue today, on our concerns about what is going in Iran in terms of jamming; the question for us will be what kind of response we should take; and that is something that the council will discuss (2 shots)
||Arrival of Werner Hoyer, Secretary of State at the German Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs
||Soundbite by Werner Hoyer (in GERMAN) saying that he thinks that it is important they talk at a European level about telecommunications; Iran itself is trying to extend its satellite cover; that is while ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is important for that, it is important that they have a European Solidarity.
||Arrival of Franco Frattini, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs
||Soundbite by Franco Frattini (in ITALIAN) saying that they are going towards a limit of the censure and of the freedom of expression which is one of the most fundamental rights of all; the discussions just started within the diplomatic services confronted with Iran and also in the United Nations in order to prepare a document that should be finished at the end of March or beginning of April.
It already exists in the frame of the actual embargo high technology products which are considered as sensible technology, also at international level, there are confrontations also with non-Italian companies who are producing high technology material and are selling them to Iran; he does not think they will have problems with this issue (2 shots)