Two European companies, Hispasat, and it appears another one with strong U.S. ties, Intelsat, are reportedly going to facilitate satellite broadcasts in Latin America for Iran, a state sponsor of terror.
According to an article in Broadband TV News, “Iran has secured capacity on three satellites for distribution of its Spanish language TV channel … [t]he channel is called Hispan TV and will be available in Europe and Latin America. It will broadcast on four different beams, two on Hispasat 1C (for Europe and Latin America), on NSS 806 and on Intelsat 9 (both for the Americas).”
Headquartered in Madrid, Spain, Hispasat claims it reaches 15 million homes in Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. In addition to this new Iranian line-up, they also carry programming for another state sponsor of terror, Cuba. Cuba Vision Internacional (CVI), one of Cuba’s propaganda arms of the Cuban Communist party, is broadcast via Hispasat systems.
Intelsat is a owned by a several private equity firms including one based in Chicago, Illinois. They have several offices in the United States, including one large office right here in Washington, DC. Their global headquarters is located Luxembourg.
While the proposed transaction may be legal in Europe, it is likely that U.S. policymakers will take a closer look at the underlying deal to ascertain if there are any violations of U.S. economic sanctions.
Even if the deal is legal, and it likely is, for those of us who follow the issue, it is one more item that validates that the Iranian regime is seeking to grow its influence throughout the Western Hemisphere. Facilitated by the likes of Cuba and Venezuela, the Iranians will be here for some time to come.