Friday, November 16, 2012

UANI Applauds Hong Kong's AsiaSat for Ending Satellite Services to IRIB, Ceasing Broadcasts of Iranian Regime Programming


November 15, 2012
Contact: Nathan Carleton, 
Phone: (212) 554-3296
UANI Applauds Hong Kong's AsiaSat for Ending Satellite Services to IRIB, Ceasing Broadcasts of Iranian Regime Programming

New York, NY - On Thursday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) applauded Hong Kong's Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) for ending its broadcasting of Iranian regime programming.

In a November 9, 2012 letter to AsiaSat, UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, called on AsiaSat to "end all business activities in Iran and specifically cease the broadcast of all Iranian regime transmissions via the AsiaSat 3S and AsiaSat 5 satellites, including that of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN) and their affiliates such as Press TV."

Based on confidential discussions, UANI can reveal that beginning today, November 15, AsiaSat has terminated its satellite services to IRIB and will no longer maintain business in Iran.

Said Ambassador Wallace:

AsiaSat has terminated its services to IRIB, beginning today, and will no longer engage in any business in Iran. We applaud AsiaSat for ending its broadcast of Iranian regime programming. We call on all other media entities worldwide to stop broadcasting IRIB programming and other regime propaganda.

UANI recently applauded Canada's Telesat, British telecommunications company Arqiva, and European satellite provider Eutelsat for ceasing their broadcasting of regime programming. As part of its "Tech and Telecom Campaign," UANI has succeeded in curtailing the business of international telecom giants such as Adaptive Mobile, Huawei, and Nokia Siemens Networks.

Click here to view UANI's letter to AsiaSat.

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a program of the American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran, Inc., a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran should concern every American and be unacceptable to the community of nations. Since 1979 the Iranian regime, most recently under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's leadership, has demonstrated increasingly threatening behavior and rhetoric toward the US and the West. Iran continues to defy the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations in their attempts to monitor its nuclear activities. A number of Arab states have warned that Iran's development of nuclear weapons poses a threat to Middle East stability and could provoke a regional nuclear arms race. In short, the prospect of a nuclear armed Iran is a danger to world peace.

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a non-partisan, broad-based coalition that is united in a commitment to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to become a regional super-power possessing nuclear weapons.  UANI is an issue-based coalition in which each coalition member will have its own interests as well as the collective goal of advancing an Iran free of nuclear weapons.

The Objectives of United Against a Nuclear Iran
  1. Inform the public about the nature of the Iranian regime, including its desire and intent to possess nuclear weapons, as well as Iran's role as a state sponsor of global terrorism, and a major violator of human rights at home and abroad;
  2. Heighten awareness nationally and internationally about the danger that a nuclear armed Iran poses to the region and the world;
  3. Mobilize public support, utilize media outreach, and persuade our elected leaders to voice a robust and united American opposition to a nuclear Iran;
  4. Lay the groundwork for effective US policies in coordination with European and other allies;
  5. Persuade the regime in Tehran to desist from its quest for nuclear weapons, while striving not to punish the Iranian people, and;
  6. Promote efforts that focus on vigorous national and international, social, economic, political and diplomatic measures.
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