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Media Monitor Takes Note of Intelsat Decision to Take Iran’s Press TV Off Air; Still Has Concerns

HonestReporting Canada takes note that global satellite communication provider Intelsat has removed Iran’s state-funded propaganda mouthpiece PressTV from its broadcast platform in Canada and the United States. At the same time, we express concern about PressTV’s accessibility over its Galaxy 19 platform.


For Immediate Release
February 12, 2013

TORONTO – Today, HonestReporting Canada (HRC) took note of news that Intelsat, the global satellite communication provider, had removed Iran’s state-funded propaganda mouthpiece PressTV from its broadcast platform in Canada and the United States, while expressing its concerns about PressTV’s accessibility over its Galaxy 19 platform.

In response, HRC Executive Director Mike Fegelman issued the following statement:

“Intelsat’s move falls directly in-line with other important domestic and international efforts to sanction, isolate, and impede the Iranian regime’s efforts in procuring nuclear weaponry. While this move marks an important step in the right direction, that PressTV is now claiming its accessible at a new frequency over Intelsat’s Galaxy 19 platform is disconcerting.

This past week, the U.S. Treasury Department blacklisted the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and its director, Ezatollah Zarghami, which oversees Iran's broadcast channel. In October, Intelsat blocked Iran's official broadcast channels in Europe, specifically IRIB, and at the time would not confirm or deny that it did so at the request of U.S. government officials.

As serial human rights abusers, state sponsors of terror, and a nation with alarming atomic ambitions, the Iranian regime’s propaganda tool should not be conferred with credibility, met with cooperation, and abetted by disseminating its messaging.

Press TV has a long history of promoting Holocaust denial, giving platforms to neo-Nazis, and perpetuating a radical anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-western agenda. It’s “reports” and “reporters” distort the truth and manipulate the news all while the Iranian regime stifles free speech and imprisons journalists. That PressTV claims Intelsat’s decision was tantamount to a “flagrant violation of free speech” is all the more laughable.

The Islamic Republic’s propaganda arm deserves to be relegated to the fringes. Intelsat’s action to take PressTV off the airwaves is reflective of principled decision making, but the satellite provider must take immediate measures to prevent PressTV from broadcasting over its Galaxy 19 platform.”

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For more information please contact Mike Fegelman, Executive Director of HonestReporting Canada at: (416) 915-9157 or mike@honestreporting.ca

HonestReporting Canada is a non-profit organization that ensures fair and accurate Canadian media coverage of Israel and the Middle East.

  • That is really not an acceptable response from the Gazette. The statement acknowledging their “error” should have been published by the paper with the editor’s name affixed.

    • It was the Toronto Star, althugh I admit that the Gazette, like most Quebec newspapers, has more than its share of antisemitism. That’s the reason so many Jews moved from Quebec to Ontario.

      • It was the Gazette that published the misleading photo. Somehow the comments here are a mixture between two different stories.

  • Their overt anti-Semitism may be corrected with a watered down, whitewashed semi-apology. But, don’t count on it. Ignorance and bias go hand in hand and these habits are hard to change especially since most non-Jews are jealous of the Jews.

  • What kind of a newspaper carelessly misleads its readers, acknowledges same and then fails to print a correction? Montreal Gazette subscribers who are supporters of Israel should be complaining in droves and threatening to cancel their subscriptions unless the Gazette takes a more responsible journalistic stance.

  • It always amazes me how often ‘poor editing’ escapes the notice of the piblishers of Quebec’s newspapers.
    After the damage is done a tiny retraction may or may not be published.
    The perpetrators of these ‘unintentional’ anti Israel falsehoods should be obliged to print their retractions and apologies in as many column inches as was occupied by the lies and on the same page.

  • Yes, they should have caught it. But the NYT should not have sent it in the first place. Its persistent anti-Israel stance is intact; so is its anti-US stance, as shown just now by its revealing the existence of a previously secret American drone base in Saudi Arabia. It reminds me of an anecdote from the Vietnam War: A reporter was complaining to a briefing officer that there was much less media access to troops and actions than there had been in World War II; the officer replied, “Yes, but in World War II you were on our side.”

  • Begin forwarded message:

    From: Joe Ronn
    Date: February 7, 2013, 12:43:38 PM EST
    To: Gazette
    Subject: Syria threatens retaliation for Israeli attack


    Re: Syria threatens retaliation for Israeli attack

    The reason I no longer subscribe to the Gazette, is that your paper’s editors have neither the balls nor the integrity to publish bold front-page apologies for misleading editorials and photos, such as of Syrian refugees fleeing an Israeli air-strike on an Hezbollah-bound convoy of missiles.

    The best your meek and feeble-minded staff could conjure up was a letter from an indignant reader, Michael Sacher. You deserve every accolade as Montreal’s #1 rag.

    Joe Ronn

  • I want a retraction!!!!!! The media is in no small way responsible for misinformation which poorly educated, or small minded .indoviduals read and then take as fact! How in hell is peace ever to be accomplished when SO MANY outsiders who have NOTHING INVESTED yet have power to influence public opinion continue to misrepresent and twist events ????? This is a rag of a publication and needs to be called out!

  • The stench of anti-Semitic bias is so powerful in Quebec that I suggest that the next time they stamp their feet and ask to be separated from the rest of Canada, that they be permitted to leave. It will instantly render Canada a far more honest and decent country.

  • The Toronto Star has long been noted for its antisemitic stance. It became so agravating that thetwo Jewish funeral homes in Toronto publish obituaries in The National Post, rather than the Star.

  • Did you notice that their correction states: “Israel’s seat of government is in Jerusalem”? It seems that the Toronto Star purposely avoided stating that Israel’s capital is in Jerusalem. I remember that the BBC has done the same thing back at the time of the London Olympics.

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