PA interior minister closes down Dahlan's TV station

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December 5, 2010 12:04

 
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's interior minister on Saturday ordered the closure of a satellite TV station co-owned by Mohammed Dahlan, a former confidant of the PA leader.

The station, "Palestine Tomorrow," was to begin broadcasting in January. PA security forces came to the office of the company operating the station on Thursday and delivered the closure order, said a senior station official who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing fear of further retaliation.

Dahlan, a former Gaza strongman, and PA Interior Minister Said Abu Ali declined comment.

Shuttering the station seems to be the latest sign that Dahlan, a leading member of Abbas' Fatah movement, has fallen out of favor. Dahlan once served as a security adviser to Abbas, and at one point was considered a potential successor to the president.

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