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Iran: 1,000 satellite receivers confiscated

April 2, 2008

NCRI – A truck carrying over a thousand satellite receivers were confiscated by State Security Forces (SSF) en route to the city of Karaj, 20 kilometers west of Tehran, the state television reported on Tuesday. “The receivers were transferred from a western city to Shahriar district of Karaj,” the state television quoted Mohammad Hossein Karimi, head of the SSF (Iran’s police force) in Karaj.

The report said four people were arrested without any further elaboration.

The Iranian regime regularly attacks private houses, rounding up satellite dishes from rooftops and back yards, and confiscates satellite receivers.

Despite the fact that since 1994 satellite dishes have been officially outlawed in Iran, millions of Iranians rely on satellite TV channels for their news and information. According to Brig. Gen. Ezzatollah Zarghami, head of the state-run broadcaster, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), more than 30 percent of Iranians have access to satellite channels.

Iran is a little more blatant about controlling freedom information. If stability depends on restricting access to world news and communication, then Iran has no faith in its own population to form their own opinions and still be good Muslims. As with all religions, suppression of knowledge can threaten true faith. True faith resides inside everyone’s heart, not with political leaders. Truth cannot be dictated. Truth can only be dressed in different garments.

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