Iran Reportedly Destroys 100,000 Satellite Dishes, Saying They Cause Divorce and Addiction

'Most satellite channels... deviate the society's morality and culture,' says General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of Iran's Basij militia.

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Satellite dishes bulldozed in Tehran on July 24, 2016 where authorities deem the devices corrupt.
Satellite dishes bulldozed in Tehran on July 24, 2016 where authorities deem the devices as corrupt.Credit: Hossein Zohrevand/AFP
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Iran has wrecked 100,000 "morally harmful" satellite dishes and receivers, AFP reported Sunday, citing an Iranian news agency.

"The truth is that most satellite channels... deviate the society's morality and culture," General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, the head of Iran's Basij militia was quoted as saying.

"What these televisions really achieve is increased divorce, addiction and insecurity in society."

Naghdi said a million Iranians had "voluntarily" handed in their satellite equipment.

Satellite television equipment is banned under the law in Iran, punishable by a fine of up to $2,800 (2,500 Euros).

Culture Minister Ali Jannati says most Iranians own satellite equipment in violation of the law, which he called to amend so as to shut any loopholes.

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