Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes in crackdown

Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes in crackdown

According to media reports, about 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers were destroyed in Iran on Sunday for being "morally damaging".

The destruction is part of the countries heightened campaign against "illegal devices" and took place under the supervision of  General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of Iran's Basij militia.

According to the General, who was speaking at the destruction ceremony in Tehran, had warned of the impact that satellite television was having in the conservative country.

"The truth is that most satellite channels... deviate the society's morality and culture," he said at the event according to Basij News.

READ : Ministry of Communication to switch off analogue transmitters Sept 21, 2017

Naghdi, however, stressed that a significant number of one million Iranians voluntarily gave up their satellite dishes and receivers to the destruction authorities.

Iranian law has thus banned satellite equipment and anyone caught distributing, using, or repairing them can be fined up to $2,800.

READ : 10 celebrity divorces that will shock you

Iranian police regularly raid neighbourhoods and confiscate dishes from rooftops.

"Most of these satellite channels not only weaken the foundation of families but also cause disruptions in children's education and children who are under the influence of satellite have improper behaviour," Naghdi said.

Related news

Here are 10 of the most STRESSFUL jobs

Here are 10 of the most STRESSFUL jobs

Here are 10 of the most STRESSFUL jobs