The US government has reportedly given European satellite providers Intelsat and Eutelsat Communications a new six-month waiver to transmit Iranian channels including Press TV.
The waiver has been granted to the satellite providers by the US Department of State, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Eutelsat initially restarted broadcasting Press TV, which is Iran’s 24-hour English-language news channel, in March, more than a year after it was taken off the air.
In January 2012, Press TV was taken off the air in the UK after the British government’s media regulatory body banned the alternative channel for what it called were ‘administrative reasons’.
The decision was followed by satellite providers in Germany, France, Spain and some other Western and Arab countries. They banned Press TV together with Iran’s Spanish-language television Hispan TV and their Arabic-language sister channel al-Alam.
Iranian channels are vocal critics of Israel’s occupation of Palestine as well as atrocities committed against the Palestinian people. They have spoken openly against the United States’ wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the European governments’ violent crackdown on anti-austerity protests.
By Press TV
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