It is illegal to own satellite receiver equipment in Iran, where the government exerts tremendous control over the flow of information. Nevertheless, just as countless Iranians use virtual proxy networks to evade restrictions on the government and social media, millions of Iranian households also use satellite equipment to tune into banned television networks. Many even go so far as to re-acquire the necessary equipment after it has been confiscated by regime authorities in large-scale crackdowns.

The Iranian regime is well-known for attacking not only the recipients of independent and foreign information but also the broadcasters themselves. In fact, it has been widely reported that the Iranian crackdown on free minded journalists has been escalating in recent years, along with a broader crackdown on activists and minority groups. These conditions make the work of dissenting news outlets more important than ever, as they counter Iran’s attempt to control the media and also expose both the popular protests and the suppressive activities that would otherwise go unreported.

One such outlet, known in Farsi as Simay Azadi and in English as Iran National Television, will start its 22nd public campaign on Friday, November 3 to raise funds for its operations. INTV is viewed by many of those households that have defied the regime’s ban on satellite television equipment.

 INTV is uniquely a voice for the Iranian people.


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