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In Skies Over Iran, a Battle for Control of Satellite TV

Published on December 27, 2011
by Paul Sonne and Farnaz Fassihi

Shohreh, a 37-year-old Iranian nurse, sat down with her husband and parents one night in September to watch a documentary about Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, scheduled to be shown on the British Broadcasting Corp.’s BBC Persian channel.

But when the Tehran family settled on the couch with a bowl of pistachios and switched on the television, all they saw was scrambled imagery. The satellite signal was being jammed.

“We were very disappointed that we couldn’t see the film,” said Shohreh, who declined to let her last name be used.

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