Police hunt banned satellite dishes

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Iran’s police forces have been instructed to use all means, including helicopters, to locate and confiscate privately-owned satellite dishes, which are illegal in Iran.

A senior police commander in the north-eastern province of North Khorassan told local journalists in the provincial capital Mashad on Saturday that his forces have been using choppers to spot the satellite dishes and report them to ground units, which would then search the suspected homes and seize the dishes. Owners are imprisoned and expected to pay a heavy fine.

The local security forces commander said dozens of people had been arrested recently in the province for installing the dishes.

The Islamic Republic banned satellite dishes in 1995. The crackdown on satellite dishes was prompted by broadcasts from Iranian opposition groups whose television programs reportedly have a large audience in Iran.

The police commander said the security forces were cracking down on other “social vices”, including alcohol consumption, and had arrested many people on these charges.

Source: Iran Focus
 

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Does anyone know why having a satellite dish is banned?
 

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AlexBellisBrown said:
Does anyone know why having a satellite dish is banned?
From the first post...

The Islamic Republic banned satellite dishes in 1995. The crackdown on satellite dishes was prompted by broadcasts from Iranian opposition groups whose television programs reportedly have a large audience in Iran.
The government have no control over what you can watch.
 

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The same is/was true in Cuba, dishes are banned to stop people picking up US TV networks.

People hide dishes in (empty) old roof top water tanks then change the material covering the top of the tank for something that doesn't block too much of the satellite signal.
 

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PoloMint said:
People hide dishes in (empty) old roof top water tanks then change the material covering the top of the tank for something that doesn't block too much of the satellite signal.
That's blown it - they'll know where to look now. :-doh!

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This was similar to the situation in Jordan in 1991/3. Its a futile attempt to halt progress. Anyone that really wants to watch TV will find a way.

(Iran will ban pop music next .......)
 
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