A political analyst says the recent bans against Press TV are due to its extensive coverage of events threatening the monopoly of the Zionist-controlled Western media on information.
“The Zionist regime – Israel, who controls large chunks of the Western media networks – [and] its Western imperialist masters are after suppressing uncensored, unpackaged news or facts. They want to bring a monopoly on knowledge and information,” Saeb Shaath, an author and Middle East expert from Belfast, told Press TV on Monday.
On June 19, communications satellite services provider Intelsat said it would no longer provide services to Iranian channels, including the English-language news channel, Press TV. The decision has been made under the pretext that the company should be abiding by the sanctions against the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).
Intelsat noted that it had been ordered by the US government to avoid extending IRIB’s license, saying it would stop providing services to Iranian channels as of July 1.
Following Press TV’s coverage of events such as the US police brutality against the Occupy Wall Street movement, riots in London, unrest in Spain and Greece and the racism exercised by the Canadian administration against the country’s indigenous population, many people in the West consider Press TV as a reliable source of information, said Shaath.
Describing Press TV’s coverage of the Israeli attack against Gaza in 2008 as “very effective” in mustering international support for the Palestinian cause, Shaath said the Iranian news channel’s reports prevented Israel from telling lies and “focused on Israeli occupation of Palestine and the suffering of the Palestinian people.”
Press TV and other Iranian channels have come under an unprecedented wave of attacks by European governments and satellite companies since January 2012. They were taken off air in several Western countries, including Britain, France, Germany and Spain.
The following is an approximate transcript of the interview with Saeb Shaath, author and Middle East expert .
Press TV: Why is it that Iranian media are increasingly becoming the target of satellite providers?
Shaath: I want to focus on Press TV and the Iranian media in here. From previous experience, the Zionist regime – Israel, who controls large chunks of the Western media networks – its Western imperialist masters are after suppressing uncensored, unpackaged news or facts. They want to bring a monopoly on knowledge and information.
The Press TV network became a global network and for a large sector of Western people are a reliable source of information and the news. From Press TV, they discovered the brutality of American police against the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Press TV showed them the real pictures of riots taking place in London two years ago, covered the Greek and Spanish uprising and other Western European hotspots, and showed the racism of the Canadian establishment against the indigenous Canadian people.
That coverage cost corporate Western media dearly and exposed, putting it politely, they were very economical with the truth. The corporates demanded a move from the Western imperialist establishments against Press TV.
Very effective Press TV was in exposing Israeli war crimes during the war it waged on Gaza in the year 2008. That helped in galvanizing world public opinion behind the Palestinian cause and denied Israel in telling lies upon lies , and focused on Israeli occupation of Palestine and the suffering of the Palestinian people, it exposed the lies and hypocrisies of the US and EU who are backing Israel to the public opinion.
Press TV as well was instrumental in telling the people and the public opinion the lead story behind the Zionist-backed gangs invading Syria, trying to repeat the NATO scenario in Libya.
This knowledge put them in an awkward position, it showed why they are punishing the only state who is supporting the Palestinians resistance Syria.
Press TV: Can Iran take legal action against this move by Intelsat?
Shaath: Yes, of course Iran can take legal action. There are a lot of laws in place in the EU, in Britain and in the States.
If they want to deny Iran using this legal system, then that in its own will expose their hypocrisies, that will expose them as an imperialist power. They want to deny Iran its own power, its own ability to tell the people its side of the story. This is like the Spanish inquisition in action today.
The Iranian people, they successfully carried such cases in England against even banning or sanctioning their banks, so they can do it as well for lifting that kind of ban from the media. I encourage them to do so.