Bahrain bans Arabsat

Broadcasts to cease from June 1st.
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Bahrain has ceased broadcasting of television channels via Arabsat amid claims Iranian stations have been waging a spin war against the embattled Gulf state's government.

According to the Bahrain News Agency, authorities will shut off signals from Arabsat's satellite from June 1, the country's Information Affairs Authority (IAA) said.

Bahrain, which has been rocked by Arab Spring inspired popular unrest for more than a year, claims that Iranian broadcasters have been attempting to incite sectarianism and destabilise the island politically.

The IAA added that the decision was taken following repeated requests since February 20 of last year to Arabsat to stop broadcasting Iranian stations on the island.

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