Hamas TV staff protest French ban

Decision came amid concerns the channel spreads incitement.

June 16, 2010 16:24
A member of the Hamas-affiliated Popular Resistanc

hamas man 311. (photo credit: AP)

DAMASCUS, Syria — Workers at the Hamas TV channel's office in Syria staged a sit-in Wednesday to protest the decision by a France-based satellite provider to halt its broadcasts to Europe and parts of the Arab world.

The French decision came because of concerns that the channel spreads incitement. It's expected to deprive the Gaza-based al-Aqsa TV of most of its viewers.

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About a dozen employees took part in the protest outside the French Embassy in Damascus. They carried banners denouncing the French decision as "outrageous" and illegal.

They also handed over a protest letter to the French ambassador in Syria urging the French government to reverse the decision.

Hamas has denounced the decision as a "flagrant violation" of freedoms of opinion and information.

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