Friday, July 31, 2009

Hezbollah given green light to broadcast in Australia

HEZBOLLAH'S TV station, twice banned in Australia for supporting terrorism, has been given permission to broadcast into Australia after an investigation found it did not breach the anti-terrorism standard.

The Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) decision on the Lebanese-based al-Manar TV station, announced yesterday, outraged Jewish groups, which said they were less concerned with the station promoting terrorism than its "vicious anti-Semitism".

Hezbollah, a militant Lebanese Muslim party, is banned in the United States as a terrorist organisation, but only its armed wing is proscribed in Australia. Its TV programs endorse suicide bombers, call for Israel's annihilation, and refer to Jews as the offspring of pigs and apes.

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