Iran police crack down on illicit satellite dishes

May 23, 2011 15:10

TEHRAN - Iranian police have launched a new crackdown on satellite dishes which, although illegal, are still a common sight on rooftops across the Islamic Republic.

Tehran police confiscated more than 2,000 satellite dishes in a single day last week in a battle against receivers which let Iranians see a huge range of uncensored entertainment and international news not available on state-controlled channels.

"The police's priority is first to confiscate dishes which are visible ... and confront the owners," Tehran-e Emrouz daily quoted Tehran's deputy police chief Ahmadreza Radan as saying.

Iran outlawed satellite dishes in the mid-1990s as part of efforts to curb what it considers Western cultural aggression.

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