Afghan gov't bans Al-Jazeera programs on local TV station

Lemar TV stop broadcasts but contest before the Supreme Court.

By
April 10, 2007 16:11
1 minute read.
Afghan gov't bans Al-Jazeera programs on local TV station

al jazeera symbol 88. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The Afghan government ordered a TV station in the country to suspend broadcasts of all Al-Jazeera English language programs, the station's director said Tuesday. A statement from Lemar TV said the Ministry of Information and Culture, which oversees media in Afghanistan, did not provide reasons for the order. The station complied, but contested the order before the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The director of the station said the ministry told the attorney general's office that Al-Jazeera is "inflicting a killer blow to the cultural order and the legal authority of the government." Ministry officials could not immediately be reached for comment. The station's director Saad Mohseni said the attorney general's office sent a letter on Sunday ordering Lemar to stop broadcasting Al-Jazeera. Lemar, which for five months has featured about three hours of Al-Jazeera news programming per day, suspended the shows Sunday afternoon. Mohseni said there was no legal justification for the ban, but the station decided to suspend programming for now. "Given that we promote institution building and the importance of abiding by Afghanistan's laws, we felt it may be best to comply with the demands of the attorney general's office," Mohseni said. "In Afghanistan, it's a bit like people are guilty until proven innocent," he continued, adding that once the station stopped transmission, it could then sort out the problem with the ministry. He said that the station delivered a four-page submission arguing the legality of transmission to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, and that Lemar will try to bring back programming as soon as possible. The ban on Al-Jazeera comes amid widespread concern that media rights were being quashed by the government. A proposed media law that will soon go before Parliament would make it illegal for journalists to report stories "that harm the physical, spiritual and moral well-being of people." Doha, Qatar-based Al-Jazeera began English newscasts on Nov. 15 to an estimated 80 million homes on cable and satellite TV. The station, an offshoot of the Arabic-language Al-Jazeera, mainly reaches viewers in the Middle East and Europe. Cable operators in Afghanistan are still free to broadcast Al-Jazeera.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un sign documents that acknowledge the
September 21, 2018
Analysis: Reality sets in for Trump on Iran, Korea

By YONAH JEREMY BOB