Threats to Freedom of Speech

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Threats to Freedom of Speech

Post by bobbin on Thu 26 Jan - 10:07

Not sure if this is the right place to put this so if mods would prefer to move it, thanks.

Call to end 'satellite
uplink jamming'


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.

The European
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."

According to
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.

Source: BBG


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