"Enemies had launched seventeen satellite channels under the rubric of Shia,” said Mohammad Pour-Fallahi, Iran’s Deputy Intelligence Minister.
Fars news agency cited the official as saying on Sunday that the Islamic Republic has shut down these offices inside the country.
He did not provide any further information about the specifications of the satellite channels or the location of their headquarters.
In a similar report that was released last August, the IranianIntelligence Ministry announced that its forces had shut down offices of a number of foreign-backed satellite channels across the country for the channels’ "clandestine and illegal” activities.
The August report further mentioned that the channels had illegally set up production studios in the provinces of Qom, Isfahan, Tehran as well as Razavi Khorasan.
The Intelligence Ministry added that a number of people had been arrested based on orders that had been issued by the Judiciary.
The channels so mentioned were producing programs which tried to create sectarian rift and "intensify division within the Muslim communituy to distort the image of Shiism,” the report noted.
The ministry further explained that the channels had been serving the interests of certain foreign intelligence services and were following the schemes of global arrogance.