'Zionist lobbies led to Al-Manar ban'

Hizbullah TV lashes out at Germany's decision to outlaw channel, says station violated no laws.

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The director of Hizbullah's satellite TV station says a German ban on the network violates international laws protecting media freedom. Al-Manar TV Director Abdullah Kassir asserts the German government acted on a request from what he called "Zionist lobbies" in Europe in deciding to ban broadcasts of the Arabic language network. Germany banned Hizbullah's television station Friday on grounds that it violates the country's constitution. The station says it violated no laws and vowed the ban would not stop it from doing its job. The al-Manar ban prevents German satellite television companies from offering the channel. "Agitational hate propaganda directed against Israel's right to exist" as well as stoking hate against Jews had motivated the order, an Interior Ministry spokesman said last week. Jerusalem Post correspondent BENJAMIN WEINTHAL contributed to this report.