The Islamic Republic has closed down the offices of 17 foreign-based satellite channels for their attempts to “create division” in the country, a senior Iranian intelligence official says.
“Enemies have established 17 satellite channels in the name of Shia (Islam),” said Iran’s Deputy Intelligence Minister Mohammad Pour-Fallah, adding that the Islamic Republic has shut down their offices inside the country, Fars news agency cited him as saying on Sunday.
The official did not give further information about the names of the satellite channels or the location of their offices.
In a similar report last August, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry said its forces shut down offices of a number of foreign-based satellite channels across the country over their “clandestine and illegal” activities.
The August report also said that the channels had illegally set up production offices in the provinces of Qom, Isfahan, Tehran and Khorasan Razavi. The ministry added that a number of people were arrested based on warrants issued by the Judiciary.
The channels were producing programs aimed at creating sectarian rifts and “intensifying division in the Muslim World to damage the image of Shiism,” it noted.
The ministry added the channels were serving the interests of certain foreign intelligence services and global arrogance.