Over 100,000 satellite dishes destroyed by Iranian authorities

In another crackdown, the authorities in Iran have confiscated and destroyed over 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers, illegal devices in Iran which authorities say are “morally damaging”. The crackdown culminated in a “destruction ceremony” in which General Mohamed Reza Naghdi, head of Iran’s Basij militia, had this to say: “The truth is that most satellite channels deviate the society’s morality and culture…what these televisions really achieve is increased divorce, addiction and insecurity in society”. Owning a satellite dish is illegal and can lead to a fine of $2,800 and according to the minister of Culture, Ali Jannati, this law should be revised since according to his figures, “70% of Iranians violate (this) law”. Not so, answers Naghdi: it’s up to the government to “be truthful with people rather than following what pleases them”. It should be noted that just over a year ago, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in an interview with Charlie Rose that “the government of Iran follows the people, not the other way around”. Doesn’t deem that way, Mr. Zarif….



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