I just found out that Press TV has lost its license to broadcast in Britain because it violated provisions of the UK Communications Act. Apparently the violations did not pertain to its programming content, but to its failure to consistently register itself as an entity whose editorial content is determined in Tehran.
I can’t say I’m terribly sorry to see them go. As I have documented on this blog, Press TV has promoted anti-Jewish conspiracy theories and maintains a roster of avowed anti-Semites as commentators. Free speech is a serious issue, but from what I have read, Ofcom, the British entity that regulates commercial broadcasting (I guess similar to the American FCC?), proposed several solutions to allow Press TV to come into compliance with the existing regulations. If Press TV refuses to play by the rules everyone else adheres to, I don’t think it’s censorship to close them down until they mend their ways. (I have a problem with selective enforcement of the rules, but I don’t know enough to determine whether that is the case here.)
You can be sure that some people will blame Jews for this. Oh wait, they already do. Gilad Atzmon writes that the decision to revoke Press TV’s license was made due to “Jewish lobby pressure.” And people commenting on Press TV’s own story about the incident are saying that Britain was forced to make this decision by its “Zionist commanders” or by “Israel and their closest cousins AMERICANS [sic].” One commenter alleges that the decision was “instigated by israhell through a local ishelli group in uk. Those seedlings of satan cannot stand criticism nor truth, for it places a huge spotlight on their demon infested lives.” Another writes that Press TV was the only broadcaster in the UK that was not “editorially controlled by Israel by proxy.”