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Iran authorities confiscate 84,000 satellite dishes

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ImageIran Focus: London, May 8 – Iran’s State Security Forces (SSF) confiscated 84,000 satellite dishes during the Persian calendar year that ended March 20.

Iran Focus

ImageLondon, May 8 – Iran’s State Security Forces (SSF) confiscated 84,000 satellite dishes during the Persian calendar year that ended March 20.

"In the past year, 84,000 satellite receivers and other satellite appliances have been discovered and seized by police", said the head of the SSF anti-smuggling department.

"Fighting against forbidden and anti-cultural goods is the priority in our department", he said. His remarks were carried by the state-run news agency Fars on Wednesday.

SSF agents went up rooftops in Tehran and other major cities removing satellite dishes which are banned in Islamic Iran.

The Islamic Republic banned satellite dishes in 1995. The crackdown on satellite dishes was prompted by broadcasts from Iranian opposition groups whose television programs reportedly have a large audience in Iran.

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