UN tells Iran to stop jamming int'l broadcasts

GENEVA — The UN telecommunications agency saysIranian jamming of international satellite broadcasts is "forbidden"and has ordered the Islamic republic to clear the interference.

TheInternational Telecommunication Union stopped short Friday of blamingthe government for the jamming, but said the source was clearly fromIranian territory.

ITU said Friday it was acting on a complaint from France, representing satellite provider Eutelstat. Eutelstathas lodged two complaints in the past nine months over what it says isIran's "deliberate jamming operations" targeting Persian broadcasts bythe BBC and the Voice of America.

The European Union has also denounced the jamming, as well as Iranian censoring of the Internet. ITU has no effective means to enforce its order.