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Iran Cracks Down On Satellite Dishes

(RFE/RL) August 14, 2006 -- Reports from Iran say authorities are continuing their crackdown on Western television channels, raiding rooftops in search of banned satellite dishes.

Iran's media today quoted Tehran police chief Morteza Talai as reminding residents that the use of satellite dishes is prohibited by law.

Eyewitnesses say police have been raiding apartment blocks in Tehran's northern and western neighborhoods in the past few days, looking for prohibited dishes.

AFP quoted a Tehran resident as saying security forces seized scores of satellite television equipment on August 13 in Velenjak district.

The Iranian parliament in 1995 passed a law outlawing satellite dishes in a bid to rid the country of Western influences and prevent foreign-based opposition groups from broadcasting into the country.

But the ban was not strictly implemented up until last year, when President Mahmud Ahmadinejad was sworn in as Iran's new president.

(with AFP)