Sadegh Saba: BBC Persian Director

Calls on EU parliament to ban IRI from satellite services because of jamming foreign broadcasts


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Another dose of disgrace, to top up your day.

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Since they use censorship, lets use censorship! Since they kill innocent people, lets kill innocent people.  Since they indefinetly incarcerate & torture their own people, lets indefinetly incarcerate and torture our own people.  They can kill their own people without the knowledge of a court, lets do the same.  This is all actually going on now! It's sooo Stupid, it makes me wonder if anyone cares about the consequences of these actions and where it is leading us away from.


Press TV's former chief online editor & fugitive murderer

by AMIR1973 on

Hassan Abdulrahman (aka Dawud Salahuddin aka David Theodore Belfield) who was assigned by the IRI to murder Ali Akbar Tabatabai, the former press attache at Iran's US embassy, in Bethesda, Maryland in 1980 and then fled to the IRI, had the following to say about his employer Press TV: 


No, I don’t think Press TV is about [real journalism]. By its nature, state journalism is not journalism. They have some programs on there that might be, but generally it’s not. 


JJ's comment is based on the faulty assumption

by Onlyiran on

That IRI's so- called "news" organizations are actually what they say they are. The IRI has no "news" agencies. They do not "report" any "news.". They are rather propaganda outlets of a dictatorial and a terrorist regime. They have no right to operate as a news agency anywhere in the world. In fact, they should have all been closed done and their personnel expelled from various countries in the world a long time ago, especially in protest to their suppression of free speech in Iran.


I agree with what JJ says,

by Khebedin on

I agree with what JJ says, it is a very valid point. This idiot ( S. Saba) seems to have beome fully blind in his mind

Jeesh Daram


by Jeesh Daram on

بهترین راه حل آنستکه آقای صادق صبا بخاطر همبستگی با ملت ایران از فردا فقط با پیژامه و زیر پیراهن برنامه های خودرا اجرا کند. و تا انقلاب بعدی با حمایت بی بی سی بثمر نرسیده، ایشان دست از این اعتصاب بر ندارد


Dear Reader1 and Pendar

by Roger_Rabbit on

Thank you for your assertions.


Roger_Rabbit is correct in his/her assertion ...

by reader1 on

...  that the BBC Persian service is a separate entity from the BBC home service which is funded directly by the British tax payers and as such  falls in the same league as Press TV, i.e.  the instrument of UK government propaganda.  The, the Persian BBC and the Press TV are equally biased in their take on the news and events from Iran. Whilst the JJ and Saba of this world may genuinely  think that their individual ideologies are simply common sense, I am sure they understand without admitting that they speak from political positions.


Complexity does not help: It is very simple question here

by aynak on


There are couple of  issues at hand, and a simple question:

1-Does Islamic Regime have the right to zap signals it does not want people of Iran to see?  (Here we make an assumption, that a regime has the right to zap signals, even though these signals are proven to be cancer causing and harmful to humans).

2-Regardless of the answer to question one, does Islamic regime has the right to zap signals, which has nothing to do with Iran, or Persian programming, but are getting zapped (perhaps unintentionally), as the result of #1.

3-What is the appropriate response? Or more specifically, is cutting IR's signal the proper response to #2 (from broadcasters who get zapped unintentionally by IR's signal jamming policy).

It is #2, that has caused many of these carriers to drop Persian programming that is to dislike of IR, because they *fear* interruption to all their other services.

So then I leave you with the simple question:)

If a regime is NOT playing by the rules and a consequence of its action goes well beyond their own sphere of influence, should they  be allowed to *use* the same sattelite service that they are disrupting to the detriment of others?


This has NOTHING to do with wether the service Press TV provides, is of value to Brits, it is really a simple broadcasting international rule:

If you break others ability to transmit, your ability to transmit will be hindered. 


(So support this position:  IR should be allowed  to transmit so long as it *does* not jam any signals, if it does abide by this rule, it should be able to send its signals.   IR's Press TV obviously serve a purpose for IR, so let's see how pragmatic can they be).


Well said JJ - Never silence jurnalists

by ahosseini on

I quite agree with JJ saying"I understand the reasons and arguments. But a journalist in any capacity should not be asking to silence another news organization.". Silencing IRR's voice is exactly what Shah did. If Khomaini was not silenced he would have never become a hero as he did. The best Shah could have done was to ask Khomaini to come and explain the contents of the books "Hokomat eslami" and "Risalah tozih ol masael" ) he had written. Silencing and suppressing Khomaini, turned him into a national hero. I don’t believe for a moment that BBC is a fair, free and independent organisation.Just like judicary, media in the UK are independent of political parties operating within the British establishmentI agree with Dr Bagherzadeh when in his article he says BBC is quite popular in Iran. I think BBC Farsi’s team have done well in understanding the positive aspects of British media and the culture, literature and politics that are acceptable by Iranian people. But I would never go as far as saying BBC is fair, free and independent organisation. It is the voice of the British establishment and certainly not British people. If Genie asks me to make a wish, Then I would definitely say I want BBC to be the voice of British people.


Ari Siletz

JJ's point is well taken!

by Ari Siletz on

Besides, journalists working for IRI networks are allowed to  report news and angles that journalists from British netwroks may not be inclined focus on.

There's an international agreement to the effect that "we won't jam yours, if you don't jam ours." Here's  Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) ratified by Iran
in 1975:

1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.

2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this
right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and
ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing
or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his

3. The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2
of this article carries with it special duties and responsibilities. It
may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only
be such as are provided by law and are necessary:

(a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others;

(b) For the protection of national security or of public order, or of public health or morals.


These days BBC emphasizes the first idea I have put in bold letters, and the IRI emphasizes the second. 



JJ This is no perfect world

by choghok on

I think it is perfectly ok of BBC wanting Iranian TV stop from broadcasting as long as Iran is sabotaging for other broadcasters.

And why should even BBC need to ask for such a thing. In an open and free trade world, no one should accept such behavior.

And calling Press TV for journalistic TV is a little bit far fetched, it would be like calling FOX for fair and balanced.


Thank you JJ for your comment.

by comments on

Thank you JJ for your comment.  I believe JJ should comment more regularly since his experience and understanding worth a world.  This is my basic understanding from a Journalist.

Rape, torture and murder do not happen only in Iran and by Iranians.  One’s intelligence should be qualified an analysis. 

BTW: I only know JJ based on some of his blog and comments. 

"It's not about what we believe. It's more about how we behave and influence." Comments



by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Since I am a guy who sucks up to no one, let me respond to JJ's comment:

To call likes of "Pree TV", the propaganda arm of the Islamist regime's ministry of etelaat, the ministry responsible for the rape, torture and murder of countless thousands of Iranians over the past 32 years, a "news organisation", would be a deep  insult to all  genuine, independent, news organisations . The statement holds,   regardless of how much we love the "daii jaan napoleon" TV show. 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


Do I really sound like a suck-up guy? so be it...

by پندارنیک on

When you're done with R_R's comment, continue with that of JJ's.

No more credible comments, please.......

Jahanshah Javid

Not a journalist's job

by Jahanshah Javid on

I understand the reasons and arguments. But a journalist in any capacity should not be asking to silence another news organization. Already in the eyes of many the BBC carries the stigma of being the mouthpiece of the British. Making demands on the political stage reinforces that and undermines the work of its staff who try very hard to do a professional job free from bias as possible.


  If the Israeli

by vildemose on

  If the Israeli government had a similar channel like press-tv, there would be thousands of "liberals" rushing to denounce it as vile anti-Palestinian/ Arab propaganda- and as PressTV actually and provably is vile propaganda, it certainly should not be shown by any distributor subject to British laws.



Separation of Church and State AND Corporation


 Who will rid us of hate

by vildemose on


Who will rid us of hate channels such as Press TV?

Ofcom is allowing an Iranian broadcaster to undermine our sense of broadcasting balance


Separation of Church and State AND Corporation


به به، شمع و گلو پروانه همه جمعند...


Now, on behalf of the missing  akhtar khanoom the "bolbol", let me remind all readers that Neda agha soltan, was actually murdered not by a cowardly, gutless,  islamist regime's bassiji sniper thug stationed at the top of a high rise building in Tehran. No, no! She was murdered by a jewish, zionist, bahai, kurdish, wahabi, communist employee of the BBC! 

You want proof? Doctor ahmadinezhad joonam has got the proof, in his pocket, just burried underneaath the  bundles of stolen petro dollars :)  

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


I am not sure if the video is worth watching........

by پندارنیک on

.......but R_R's comment is certainly worthy of reading.


Towing the Foreign Office line

by Roger_Rabbit on

The BBC Persian is subsidized by a special budget by the British Foreign Office and therefore is not the same as the BBC Home service. Saba is annoyed at the jamming because him and his team are effectively made useless.  He is now obeying the edicts of the Foriegn Office - BBC Foreign Service have NEVER been free from the government influence. Saba knows this first hand. His days as a Fedaee Khalgh supporter are a thing of the past.