UK critics slam EU for imposing sanctions on Press TV & Press TV ban receives widespread condemnation

UK critics slam EU for imposing sanctions on Press TV

The EU and its western supporters have stepped up their efforts to clamp down on free speech by imposing travel and financial sanctions on Press TV CEO Mohammad Sarafraz and newsroom director Hamid Reza Emadi.

The latest move follows previous rounds of sanctions aimed at silencing the station’s output. Sukant Chandan is an outspoken critic of UK and EU policy and thinks this is was expected.

The EU claims its sanctions against two of Press TV’s most senior managers is a result of their part in broadcasting an interview with Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Behari that was conducted under duress in 2009. The channel has always strenuously denied these allegations and no evidence has been produced to substantiate the claims.

The Foreign Office spokesperson declined to be interviewed on camera but said in a statement, which reads in part

The UK works closely with its EU partners and fully supports the new listings. We once again call on Iran to abide by its international human rights obligations. Those listed will be subject to a travel ban and asset freeze and both will be implemented by the UK.

Press TV’s critical stance on several high profile issues like the EU’s austerity measures and foreign interventions have made it a target.

There have been previous attempts to silence Press TV. UK media regulator Ofcom revoked the station’s license and removed it from the Sky platform in Britain in 2012. It has also been removed from other platforms in Spain, France and Germany.

These restrictions are just the latest moves in a concerted attempt to undermine or restrict the alternative message coming from Press TV. With Iran the ultimate target, the use of sanctions and intimidatory tactics seem set to continue in one form or another.

UK critics slam EU for imposing sanctions on Press TV

The EU and its western supporters have stepped up their efforts to clamp down on free speech by imposing travel and financial sanctions on Press TV CEO Mohammad Sarafraz and newsroom director Hamid Reza Emadi.

The latest move follows previous rounds of sanctions aimed at silencing the station’s output. Sukant Chandan is an outspoken critic of UK and EU policy and thinks this is was expected.

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Press TV ban receives widespread condemnation

Like other parts of the world, Press TV is also popular in Pakistan.

While its transmission is available on the satellite, most of the viewers in the country rely on internet to watch Iran’s English-language news channel.

The main reason of Press TV’s following in Pakistan is its unbiased coverage of events dominating the global scene.

Therefore, the recent move by the European Union to impose financial and travel restrictions on two senior directors of Press TV has invited strong reaction from many Pakistanis.

The ban on Press TV’s CEO and Newsroom Director is being seen as part of well-planned strategy by the west to suppress the voice of truth.

Reacting to the ban, a respected Pakistani journalist says western powers always blacklist journalists, who try to show the real side of the story.

Not only ordinary people, but Pakistani politicians have also condemned the EU’s decision.

They say attempts by Western countries against Press TV show their double standards about their claims on freedom of expression.

Pakistani politicians also suggested that Muslim countries should get united to challenge the western dominance of the world media.

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