PRESS RELEASE: Ofcom Bans Press TV in the UK – No Free Press in UK!
This just says it all, the illusion of “democracy” and freedom of the press should from this day forward be shattered in the UK. The UK is only a free nation if you are a good little slave and take your prescribed dose of Eastenders, X Factor and BBC war propaganda. What a joke of a country, run by traitors just like the US, beholden to a foreign power whose sociopathic ways are the greatest threat this world has ever known. Read the press release below, it speaks for itself.
20th January 2012
OFCOM HAS REVOKED Press TV Limited’s Television Licensable Content Service licence. It means that the British public can no longer watch Press TV on BSkyB’s Sky platform. Press TV International has released the following statement:
The British government’s media regulatory body, Ofcom, has banned Press TV’s broadcast in the UK and removed the channel from the Sky platform without responding to a letter sent from Press TV’s CEO to Ofcom’s chief executive earlier this month.
This after Ofcom fined Press TV Limited in London a hundred thousand pounds for the channel’s airing of a 10-second news clip. At the same time, Ofcom made moves to revoke the license of Press TV Limited in the UK for what it called Press TV Limited’s lack of control over the channel’s broadcast. We asked Ofcom, if Press TV Limited did not have control over the broadcast, why was it getting fined; if it did have control, why would the license be revoked?
Ofcom’s contradictions are nothing new for Press TV. The British government’s tool to control the media has on several occasions changed its decisions regarding Press TV in its two-year campaign against the alternative news channel.
In response to Press TV’s complaints about Ofcom’s subservience to the British government and the monarchy, which have been a focus of Press TV’s critical coverage in recent years, Ofcom claims it is not a government organization. But there is every indication that it is. It gets both its authority and funding from the British government. Ofcom was created by an Act of Parliament and gets most of its funding from governmental grant-in-aid. Britain’s Office for National Statistics has also said Ofcom must be classified as a central government unit.
As a news channel broadcast in the UK, Press TV has shed more light on the British government’s domestic and foreign policies. It has aired critical views regarding Britain’s involvement in wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has also shown the close ties between the British Royal family and UK-founded monarchies in the Persian Gulf region, including the autocratic regimes in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, which have been oppressing their people for decades. Press TV has also provided critical coverage of the extravagant costs of Britain’s Royal Wedding at a time of great financial difficulty for ordinary Britons. The channel covered the 2011 unrest in Britain and the heavy-handed police crackdown, drawing the resentment of London’s ruling establishment.
Wikileaks cables have revealed that London and Washington are exploring ways to construct a case to silence Press TV. And, Ofcom, the media arm of the Royal family, exhausted all efforts to put an end to Press TV’s broadcasting in the UK. But it fails to grasp the reality of mass communication in the modern era and the impossibility of containing the flow of information. Press TV will do everything possible to make sure that its voice will definitely reach its audience in the UK.
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