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French civil court bans Hezbollah TV broadcasts

[JURIST] The French Council of State, France's highest civil court, has banned the broadcast of Lebanese satellite channel Al-Manar due to the Hezbollah-linked station's airing of militant and anti-Semitic statements. French broadcast regulator CSA granted Al-Manar a license in November on the condition that the station respect French laws against inciting racial or religious violence. Al-Manar has since broadcast a commentary blaming Jews for the spread of HIV/AIDS. The Council indicated that it would reconsider the ban if Al-Manar complies with French anti-hate laws. Read the Council's decision and press release, both in French. VOA News has more. From France, Le Figaro has local coverage.

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