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Satellite TV equipment seized in Iran

TEHRAN, May 27 (AFP) -Iranian police seized 855 satellite television dishes and decoders hidden in a trailer hauling wheat in a southern suburb of Tehran, Kayhan paper reported Thursday.

The trailer was stopped in Ray city along with five people involved in smuggling.

Satellite dishes have been banned in Iran since 1995 to protect the country from the "western cultural onslaught."

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last week vehemently defended the ban on satellite television, saying youthful minds must be protected from un-Islamic satellite culture.


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