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International broadcasters say Iran is increasing efforts to jam foreign broadcasts
LONDON (AP) ' Leading international broadcasters accuse Iran of increasing intimidating foreign media and accelerating efforts to jam satellite broadcasts in Farsi from reaching Iranian audiences.
Following a meeting of senior media executives in London, Voice of America, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Germany's Deutsche Welle, France's AEF and Radio Netherlands Worldwide issued a joint statement calling for an end to attempts to block independent media.
Iran has previously been criticized over its efforts to jam broadcasts and block websites of foreign-based Farsi-language media, including BBC Persian and Voice of America.
Tehran has accused the BBC, along with the British government, of fomenting the mass protests that broke out after Iran's disputed presidential election in 2009.