Call to end 'satellite
Five of the
largest international broadcasters, including the BBC,
have called on delegates to the World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva
to take action over a practice known as "satellite uplink jamming."
This is the
intentional interference by states to block transmissions in order to prevent
messages getting out.
Broadcasting Union contends that such jamming contravenes the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, which states:
has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom
to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart
information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
the EBU, the use of satellite uplink jamming is spreading. It wants the Geneva
conference to draft a treaty to stop the practice.
Apart from the
BBC, the idea is backed by Germany's Deutsche Welle, Audiovisuel Extérieur
de la France, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and the US Broadcasting
Board of Governors.
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