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Hezbollah-linked TV station allowed to broadcast in EU

The French public broadcasting regulator authorized an Arabic-language television station close to the Lebanese Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group to transmit programs within the European Union. The Al-Manar station, well known within the Arabic world, had committed itself in an agreement “not to incite hatred, violence or discrimination based on race, sex, religion or nationality,” said the French Audiovisual Council. Jewish groups had earlier urged French authorities not to grant a licence to the channel to transmit programmes in France after it had put out material criticized for perceived anti-Semitic content. Following complaints, the audiovisual authority asked Al-Manar to submit a reasoned application to register as a broadcasting organisation. A top French court in August warned Lebanese-based Al-Manar channel it would curtail its satellite transmissions to France if it did not commit itself to a code of professional conduct. Full Story

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