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Broadcasters Condemn Jamming as Violation of Article 19

Space -- An image released by Eutelsat shows a computer-generated image of the European satellite KA-SAt of Eutelsat Communications, 26Dec2010Space -- An image released by Eutelsat shows a computer-generated image of the European satellite KA-SAt of Eutelsat Communications, 26Dec2010
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Space -- An image released by Eutelsat shows a computer-generated image of the European satellite KA-SAt of Eutelsat Communications, 26Dec2010
Space -- An image released by Eutelsat shows a computer-generated image of the European satellite KA-SAt of Eutelsat Communications, 26Dec2010
International broacasters and satellite operators in London yesterday condemned the increased use of satellite jamming as a direct assault on the Univeral Declaration of Human Right's guarantee of the right to the free exhange of information.

The International Broadcasting without Barriers Conference, sponsored by the BBC, brought satellite operators, broadcasters and stakeholders together to consider what political and technical steps might be taken to protect media distribution systems against jamming.

Satellite owner Eutelsat reported that jamming incidents affecting its operations doubled between 2010 and 2011 and have increased three-fold from 2011 to 2012.  Eutelsat has recorded as many as 340 incidents this year. 

Most of the interference this year has been traced to Syria, but jamming also emanates from Bahrain and Iran.  Jamming from Iran peaked in 2011.

The current international framework provides no direct sanction against countries that allow jamming to originate from within their borders.

 

A press release issued by the BBC on the conference is here.

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by: Bronwen from: London
November 21, 2012 16:10
At the conference, Eutelsat explained that they were only able to geolocate the source of jamming in 30% of all reported instances (340 this year so far). Of this 30%, 50% was from Syria and 40% was from Iran. They also mentioned that there are reports that Iran is using Syrian soil to jam Iranian content.

In addition, there are two types of jamming. One is uplink jamming, which is what Eutelsat are talking about, and the other is downlink jamming, which is happening in Iran on a daily basis and is invisible to satellite operators. Downlink jamming interferes with the receivers on the ground, uplink jamming interferes directly with the satellite itself.

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