Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes in morality-driven crackdown

July 24, 2016 16:44

Satellite. (photo credit: INGIMAGE / ASAP)


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As part of its widespread ban on illegal devices, Iran collected and destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers on Sunday, at a ceremony in Tehran, AFP reported.

Reza Naghdi, the head of Iran's Basij militia, holds that the devices are morally damaging. AFP quoted Naghdi as saying, "The truth is that most satellite channels... deviate the society's morality and culture... What these televisions really achieve is increased divorce, addiction and insecurity in society."

One million Iranians, he added, had already turned in their satellite dishes voluntarily.

Some Iranian politicians, such as Culture Minister Ali Jannati and President Hassan Rouhani, have openly stated that the ban is useless and counter-productive, as most Iranians are in violation of this law.

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