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Friday, March 18, 2005

EU Bans Hezbollah TV

Haaretz reports that the EU has banned Hezbollah's TV channel from European satellites. Link
Hezbollah's al-Manar television channel, branded a terrorist organization by the United States, will no longer be available on European satellites from Monday, media regulators said Thursday.

The announcement came at a meeting of European Union broadcasting regulators in Brussels, where national watchdogs from the 25-nation bloc agreed to step up action against TV broadcasts which incite hatred or promote racism and xenophobia.

It is hard to believe that it is only now, more than 20 years after Hezbollah killed 241 US Marines with a suicide car bomb that crashed into their barracks in Beirut, the Europeans are finally acknowledging that they are terrorists, or more correctly that they "incite hatred or promote racism and xenophobia." As of September 10, 2001, Hezbollah had killed more Americans than any other terrorist organization. They still are in second place.

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