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Ofcom revokes Press TV's UK licence
21 Jan 2012
BY MARTA COOPER

Ofcom has revoked the UK licence of Iranian broadcaster Press TV. In December Press TV was fined £100,000 for broadcasting a 2009 interview with journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari, who was then being held in Evin Prison. Press TV has failed to pay the fine. Ofcom also concluded that the station, which featured shows presented by figures such as George Galloway, Yvonne Ridley and Ken Livingstone, was controlled from Tehran, a breach of UK broadcasting regulations.

4 responses to “Ofcom revokes Press TV’s UK licence”

  1. […] Tensions between Britain and Iran have worsened in recent weeks, with British regulator Ofcom revoking Iranian state broadcaster Press TV’s UK licence last month  for breaching the […]

  2. Wahed says:

    I for one am very happy that the Press tv is off air. I say good riddance, bravo ofcom. Press tv is a propaganda machine for the Akhunds in Tehran as it was serving their interests ONLY. It is selective journalism, depending on who they the Akhunds of Tehran thought was right and who was wrong. It would make a lot of noises about the racist uprising in Bahrain, glorifying them. While they would call the demonstrators in Syria as Terrorists.

    It would cover stories about the UK and US’s human right but it would not have the courage to mention the atrocities committed by the Iranian regime on the people from Seestan Baluchistan. It would never mention the fact that they put they hanged hundreds of Afghan refugees and stopped their children from getting an education by closing their schools down.
    Anyone, who still thinks that Press tv was a voice of the voiceless, have to wake up and smell the coffee.

  3. John D Rome says:

    DISGRACEFUL. JUST BECAUSE AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW WAS PRESENTED. ANOTHER METHOD OF MANIPULATING PUBLIC OPINION. FREEDOM OF SPEECH?? I DONT THINK SO.

  4. John D Rome says:

    THIS IS A DISGRACE. PRESS TV DID NO MORE THAN PRESENT AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW AND WAS SINGLED OUT FOR A BREACH OF REGULATION AND REMOVED FROM PUBLIC VIEW. IF THE REGULATIONS ARE TO BE AS RIGOROUSLY ENFORCED I ASSUME THEN THAT SEVERAL OTHER NEWS CHANNELS WILL BE TAKEN OFF AIR ALSO? PROBABLY NOT AS THE MAJORITY OF THEM TOE THE PRO-WESTERN PARTY LINE. WHAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH????