Monday, September 26, 2011

Iran Intelligence Chiefs question people over BBC Farsi links

Iranian Intelligence Chiefs have summoned a number of people over alleged links to the BBC Farsi service; the exact number of people is not yet known. The questioning comes a week after six independent film-makers were arrested. Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said on state television: “Important information has been obtained about those cooperating with and linked to BBC Farsi, and the ministry has summoned more people linked to this so-called media”. He went on to accuse the British Intelligence services of operating in Iran under the cover of BBC Farsi.
Tehran prohibits cooperation with Farsi broadcasters that are not controlled by the government, including this BBC and Voice of America which are very popular in Iran. Satellite channels are also routinely scrambled by Iranian authorities.

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