France warns satellite provider on Hamas TV

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December 21, 2009 04:54


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A French government authority has warned a satellite broadcaster that carrying the Hamas TV channel violates French law. The Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA), which regulates the electronic media in France, warned Eutelsat that al-Aksa TV violated the 1986 French media law that "prohibits all forms of incitement to hatred or violence on the ground of race, religion or nationality," according to a statement from the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which lobbies for the removal of terrorist-run broadcasters from satellite providers. "This is an important victory against terrorist media," said Mark Dubowitz, the foundation's executive director. "If Eutelsat complies with this warning and removes al-Aksa television from broadcast, as we hope that it will, it will deal a severe blow to Hamas's distribution efforts."

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