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Iran to take action against hostile satellite channels
Sun Jul 5, 2009 3:15PM
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Iran's Judiciary Chief Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi orders a serious confrontation with hostile satellite channels.
Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi has ordered serious action to be taken against satellite television channels working against the country.

"Serious action must be taken against the daily spread of satellite channels working against the establishment [of Iran]," said Hashemi-Shahroudi in a circular issued on Sunday.

He called on the heads of judiciary branches across the country to assign efficient personnel to such cases.

"Measures must be adopted to ensure judiciary officials can make use of the views of security experts in verifying the objectives of these channels and determine the financial, political and intelligence aid provided by them, in issuing comprehensive and preventative rulings."

Hashemi-Shahroudi reiterated that those who cooperate with such channels or launch internet websites will be dealt with accordingly.

Iran became the scene of opposition rallies after the announcement of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the winner of the 10th presidential election with nearly two-thirds of the vote.

At least 20 people were killed and many others were injured when some protests turned violent.

Iran blames the US and a slew of European powers namely Britain and France for interfering in its internal affairs and for playing an important role in fueling the post-vote unrest.

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