The West’s recent move to take the Iranian channels off the air is part of a larger strategy to silent any alternative voice to be heard by their citizens, an analyst tells Press TV.

The surprise move to censor Iranian channels comes as the EU has recently been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting peace for six decades.

The European satellite provider Eutelsat SA pulled the plug on several satellite channels and radio stations broadcasting from Iran.

The company has ordered media services company, Arqiva, to take the Iranian satellite channels off one of its Hot Bird frequencies.

The Iranian channels being taken off the air include Press TV, al-Alam, Jam-e-Jam 1 and 2, Sahar 1 and 2, Islamic Republic of Iran News Network, Quran TV, and the Arabic-language al-Kawthar. The ban will also affect the satellite broadcast of several Iranian radio stations.

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