Jordan to crack down on illegal satellite TV

Jordanian body responsible for licensing satellite channels that broadcast in the Arab state, National Library Department (NLD), plans to crack down on broadcasters without proper license or those using pirated programming.

The NLD has already prepared a list of satellite channels broadcasting from Jordan and will soon verify whether they abide by the Jordanian Copyright Law. While capital city, Amman, has become an important centre for the uplinking and transmission of satellite TV to the rest of the Arab world, the campaign will cover all satellite channels in the country.

“In Ramadan, the number of satellite channels broadcasting dramas and all kinds of programmes without the proper licence increases. This is a violation of copyrights and violators will be fined and referred to court,” said Mohammad Abbadi, DG, NLD.