BBC, int’l outlets condemn Ethiopian jamming of Arabsat
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CAIRO: BBC World Service and international media outlets Friday condemned the Ethiopian jamming of Arabsat television channels and called on Ethiopian authorities to stop jamming their broadcasting in the Middle East and North Africa.

Arabsat announced Thursday in a press statement that its television channels started being internationally jammed a week ago, and that the interference came from Ethiopian territory.

“The BBC calls upon the Ethiopian authorities to end this interference. They are disrupting international news broadcasts for no apparent reason.  This is a deliberate act of vandalism that tarnishes their reputation,” said acting director of the BBC World Service Group Liliane Landor in a press statement.

Many services of other international outlets have been affected by the interference, including Deutsche Welle, France 24 and Voice of America, the statement added.

“The affected channels are BBC Arabic TV, BBC World News TV and BBC World Service radio in both Arabic and English. The interference has affected areas from Morocco to Iran,” the statement said.

The interference violates Article 19 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the regulation of the use of radio frequency transmissions and the operation of satellite systems, according to the statement.

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