Even an open and shut case referred to by the Iranian journalist, Maziar Bahari, to Ofcom, that he was being interviewed by Press TV under duress while he was in prison in Iran, took Ofcom two years to finally issue a mere pathetic £100k fine.
Apart from breaking all Ofcom rules, there are other justifications to close down Islamic Republic controlled Press TV's UK operation. Islamic Republic regularly jams other TV stations and it has expelled all foreign journalists. Islamic Republic restricts Iranian people's access to information and fears free access to information as its nemesis. So a tit for tat treatment for Press TV will be welcomed by many Iranians. Lets not forget that Press TV is not the only Islamic Republic media outlet operating in UK, Press TV is its English speaking propaganda on air.
Over the last months, Press TV have on several occasions wrongly claimed that Ofcom have taken them off air - yet another contravention of Ofcom rules, i.e broadcasting false news. Finally, Ofcom announced yesterday they are revoking Press TV's licence. At the end, it was a bit like the case of Al-Capone, who was imprisoned not for the gangster related crimes which he committed but for his non-payment of taxes. Press TV's licence was revoked not because it committed so many offences but because it simply refused to pay its fine to Ofcom and refused to have its editorial in UK rather than in Tehran - ( so much so for Roshan Salih's claim in the Guardian, Press TV Speaks for itself), despite all offers of assistance by Ofcom.
The initial euphoria that Press TV's operation in UK has been halted, quickly subsided however. Ofcom have only removed Press TV from BSkyB. Press TV's UK operation will continue and UK viewers will be able to watch Press TV in more than 11 ways. So Press TV - the Voice for the Voice Stranglers - have hardly been silenced and they seem to be as happy as pigs rolling in the shit with their new status of TV martyrdom. Press TV have been crying victimisation non-stop since the news broke out. They are blaming the Royal family and the UK government's rage at the station's coverage of UK police brutality and many other unrelated reasons.
George Galloway, that gallant champion of the oppressed masses with his £25000 monthly income from Press TV, wrote on his facebook page: "Champions of liberty, the British govt, have now taken Press TV off Sky". More than 121 useful idiots 'liked' his Facebook post and over eighty of them left comments of how 'shocked' and 'saddened' they were at not being able to watch their Gorgeous George
Just a random selection of some of the comments under Galloway's Facebook post:
Kieran Gallagher: Why?
Salma Al-Ali: I'm just wondering where are all the "Freedom Of Speech" whiners now..
Alex Simpson They've done what? This is the first I have heard of this, what a disgrace. Who would have thought that in the 21st century, our "civilised" governments would be fighting to surpress the truth! I think Press TV makes a complete mockery of our mainstream "news" channels, and this is what they are running scared of. More and more people are waking up to the realities of the practice of our governments that lie behind their carefully constructed realm of public relations, a term coined by Edward Berneys as an alternative to the word PROPAGANDA. Well, here we have it.... I think that by taking such ridiculous measures of banning real credible and news worthy sources, our governments just make themselves look even sillier than what they already do....
Curtis Francis Bloomin eck whose brilliant was that ofcom i shall be writing to them To give them more food for thought. Arseholes