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Afghan Government Bans Al-Jazeera’s Broadcasts

From an outraged Associated Press:


Journalist Seymour Hersh speaks at Al Jazeera Forum “Media and the Middle East – Beyond the Headlines” in Doha April 1, 2007.

Afghan gov’t bans Al-Jazeera English TV programs

Apr. 10, 2007

The Afghan government ordered a TV station to suspend broadcasts of all Al-Jazeera English language programs, the station’s director said Tuesday.

A statement from Lemar TV said the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture did not provide reasons for the order. The station, which for five months has featured about three hours of Al-Jazeera news programming per day, suspended the shows Sunday afternoon, but contested the order before the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The director of the station said the ministry told the attorney general’s office that Al-Jazeera is “inflicting a killer blow to the cultural order and the legal authority of the government.”

The ban on Al-Jazeera comes amid widespread concern that media rights were being quashed by the government. A proposed media law that will soon go before Parliament would make it illegal for journalists to report stories “that harm the physical, spiritual and moral well-being of people.”

Cable operators in Afghanistan are still free to broadcast Al-Jazeera.

Unfortunately this ban only covers broadcasts, especially since most people over there probably have cable or satellite television.

But since the ban applies only to the English programs, it would appear they are trying to protect the US and UK troops from their propaganda.

In a strikingly similar story:


[AP caption:] An unidentified Iraqi journalist holds a note that reads: ‘Our Demand: Protection and Freedom’ during a protest in Diwaniyah, 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 10, 2007. Diwaniyah journalists demanded freedom to do their work after being prevented during last weekend’s clashes between his Mahdi Army militiamen and U.S.- backed Iraqi troops.

An interesting slip of the tongue.

It’s too bad we can’t do something about the anti-American agit prop that we are deluged with every day by our watchdog media.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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