Posted by: sean | November 24, 2006

Cable providers jailed in US

Since the television station Al-Manar is affiliated with Hezbollah, the predominantly Shia political party and militia in Lebanon, it seems that broadcasting the channel in the US is illegal.

Each of the two owners of a Brooklyn-based HDTV service provider is faced with a 110-year prison sentence if found guilty of providing material support to a terrorist organization.

Al-Manar was labeled a terrorist organization by the US Government last March, making it illegal to broadcast the channel or do business with it in any form. It’s commonly labeled the propaganda arm of Hezbollah, and of course it is biased toward Hezbollah, just like Future TV is for Hariri and Orange TV is for General Aoun. But the truth be told, during the war, their news coverage was excellent, and they’re only a bit more outlandish than Fox News, as far as partisan bias goes. You can see their website here, which has English-language news coverage.

Is broadcasting an unpopular television channel now illegal? One might argue that the resistance message stressed by Al-Manar is an incitement to violence, but I think that would be stretching it. And furthermore, if such messages were to actually be punished, then we’d have to start locking up people like Ann Coulter who called for the US to “should invade [Muslim] countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity” and Pat Robertson who called for the assassination of Venezuela’s elected president, Hugo Chavez.

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  1. […] by the US after being labeled terrorist entities. Actually, I spoke to that exact issue here back in 2006: Is broadcasting an unpopular television channel now illegal? One might argue that the resistance […]


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