French satellite firm: can't stop Gaddafi broadcasts

September 9, 2011 15:47

PARIS - Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat said on Friday it had no right to turn off a Syrian television station that is broadcasting audio messages by ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Gaddafi, whose whereabouts are unknown, has defiantly spoken several times on Syria-based Arrai TV since losing control of Tripoli on Aug. 23, calling on his supporters to continue their resistance to the new authorities.

Eutel, the world's third-largest satellite operator, said earlier it was in contact with local distributor Noorsat to see whether Noorsat could stop transmitting Arrai and sister channel al-Oruba, which has also give Gaddafi a platform to speak.

Both channels are owned by Mishan Jabouri, an Iraqi who fled to Syria after the 2003 downfall of Saddam Hussein.

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