France Medias Monde opposes broadcast jamming on Arabsat
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During the past week France 24, RFI (in French) and Monte Carlo Doualiya (in Arabic) broadcast on Arabsat satellites has been affected by intentional uplink interference.
During the past week France 24 (in French, English and Arabic), RFI (in French) and Monte Carlo Doualiya (in Arabic) broadcast on Arabsat satellites has been affected by intentional uplink interference. Many international television broadcasts including those of the BBC and Deutsche Welle have also been badly affected.
Satellite operator Arabsat reports that the source of the uplink interference has been located as coming from within Ethiopia. This interference can only be done by professional teleports owned by telecommunications companies, broadcasting companies or governemental organizations. The interference is intensive and affects services on all three Arabsat satellites. Unlike previous instances of intentional interference, these events do not appear to be linked to any particular content or channel on these satellites.
The interference is contrary to international regulations that govern the use of radio frequency transmissions and the operation of satellite systems. It is inhibiting the ability of individuals to freely access media contrary to Article 19 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
The Directors of the international broadcasters, the BBC, Deutsche Welle, France Medias Monde , and the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (which oversees the Voice of America, Alhurra TV and other networks) jointly condemn this flagrant violation of the clearly established procedures for the operation of satellite equipment.
Marie-Christine Saragosse, CEO of France Medias Monde says: “We call upon to Ethiopian Authorities to bring an end to the uplink interference which affects millions of auditors and viewers in North Africa and Middle East in receiving the TV channels and the radios of France Medias Monde.”
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France Médias Monde, the group in charge of French international broadcasting services, comprises the trilingual news channel FRANCE 24, the international radio station RFI and the Arabic-language radio station Monte Carlo Doualiya. From Paris, they broadcast to the world in 14 languages. The group’s journalists and its unique network of correspondents offer viewers and listeners comprehensive coverage of world events, with a focus on cultural diversity and contrasting viewpoints via news bulletins, reports, magazines and debates. Every week, France 24 boasts an average audience of 41.7 million viewers, RFI 34.5 million listeners and Monte Carlo Doualiya 6.7 million listeners (weekly audience - no extrapolation). Their new media platforms attract 24 million visits a month. France Médias Monde is also a shareholder and partner of the French-language general interest TV channel TV5MONDE.
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