Iranian lawmakers rejected “Europe’s media sanctions as a measure to prevent the opposition from reaching people around the world,” stated an official communiqué spread here.
The text revealed that 196 Iranian parliamentarians condemned the restrictive measures and considered them a violation of the freedom of speech and press freedom.
They pointed out that the embargoes in question are signs that PressTV and similar media “have achieved their goals when it comes to be the voice of search for truth in the international arena.”
They recalled that French satellite operator Eutelsat notified the Tehran-based channel on December 7th. of its plan to take it off air, pretexting penalties imposed by the European Union (EU).
Since mid-November, the EU imposed sanctions on 29 individuals and three entities, including PressTV, for what it called Iran’s “violent response” to the protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.