The TV channel’s newly published Facebook page announced: “The objective of the Simay-Azadi is to provide a truthful media outlet to foster a democratic Iran that respects the human rights of all.”
The none-profit satellite TV channel, also known as Iran National Television (INTV), is banned in Iran for reports that expose the violation of human rights perpetuated by the mullahs and for raising awareness among millions of Iranians of the regime’s fundamentalism, suppression of ethnic minorities, on the mullahs meddling in affairs of other countries, and particularly about their support for terrorism in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region.
Despite various technical efforts to jam the signal for this very popular TV station and despite very harsh penalties for viewers of the channel in Iran, the number of people watching the program is rising continuously.
On August 14 last year, the Iranian regime’s Moral Security police announced that it had arrested 107 people and seized 16,000 satellite dishes in 19 cities in a wave of crackdowns on accessing satellite TV networks.
The seizures came after tens of thousands of Iranians raised 4.55 million dollars in a four-day telethon on Simay-Azadi.
Gholamreza Khosravi, a supporter of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), was executed in Iran on June 1, 2014, on the charge of enmity against God for allegedly collecting information and giving monetary assistance to the INTV (Simay-Azadi) satellite TV station.
But despite these suppressive measures, a recent report by the regime’s parliament research center concluded that ‘these measures have not achieved the desired result but have brought a craving for satellite use in the most distant and poorest villages and city suburbs’