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French Ban on Arab TV Station Raises Questions

The Al Manar television station, known as the voice of Hezbollah, ran into trouble here almost as soon as the French government authorized its cable broadcasts. The U.S. and Israel regard Hezbollah as a terrorist group and Al Manar as the propaganda arm of the Lebanon-based militant organization. For years, Al Manar has come under fire for programs seen as inciting anti-Semitism and terrorism: a Syrian soap opera that accused rabbis of engaging in human sacrifices, music videos celebrating “martyred” suicide bombers, tirades by militant leaders calling America “the great Satan” juxtaposed with images such as a skull-faced Statue of Liberty dripping blood. Full Story

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