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​Eutelsat statement regarding the broadcast of CGTN

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​Eutelsat statement regarding the broadcast of CGTN

Paris, 12 April 2021 – Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) emits over 6,000 channels worldwide via its satellite fleet. Following an open letter issued by NGO Safeguard Defenders, Eutelsat reiterates that it is not within its remit to judge the content and suspend the broadcast of a channel under contract without an injunction from a competent authority. In the case of non-European channels, the responsibility for controlling their content rests with the regulator of the country where the uplink is located or upon which the utilised satellite capacity depends. As regards the broadcasting of CGTN in Europe, this responsibility therefore falls to the CSA which also has the ability to take legal action.

Complaints against CGTN are to be examined by the CSA; Eutelsat will immediately comply with any subsequent decision by the CSA or the French courts, as it does systematically.


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Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world's leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 6 600 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,200 men and women from 50 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service.

Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ticker: ETL).

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