Removing Iran's Press TV from air reveals West's hypocrisy: Iranian official

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TEHRAN, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani condemned on Thursday the move by the French satellite operator Eutelsat to take Iran's Press TV network off air, noting the move reveals the "true face" of freedom of expression in the West.

Kanaani made the remarks in a post on his Twitter account after it was reported on Wednesday that Eutelsat had informed Press TV of its plan to remove the 24-hour Tehran-based English language network from its list of channels.

The French company said it made the decision because of the European Union's sanctions on the Iranian network over alleged "rights violations" during the recent unrest in the country.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Press TV called the Eutelsat action "media terrorism" against Iran, denouncing the EU for its hypocrisy on the freedom of expression.

The EU sanctioned some Iranian institutions and individuals, including Press TV, on Nov. 14 over what it called "Iran's widespread use of force against peaceful protesters."

Protests have erupted in Iran after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in a Tehran hospital on Sept. 16, a few days after her collapse at a police station. Iran has accused the United States and some other Western countries of "inciting riots and supporting terrorists" in the country. Enditem

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