Republic of the Gag

France Blocks Hizbollah Network,” World Screen News,, 15 December 2004 (from Google News).

France continutes its suicidal Ashcroftian attack on immigrants, Islam, and freedom

PARIS, December 15: A French court has ordered Eutelsat to cease broadcasting al-Manar, a satellite television station owned by the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah, citing the channel’s anti-Semitic slant.

Eutelsat said in a statement today that al-Manar has voluntarily withdrawn itself from the Hot Bird-4 satellite.

The ban on the network came after a guest on one show claimed that Zionists were trying to spread diseases such as AIDS to Arabs. According to local reports, the French authorities first took al-Manar to court after its series Al-Shatat depicted a Zionist conspiracy to rule the world.

This same network is available in the United States to anyone with a satellite receiver.

Can you imagine the outcry if the Bush administration made it a crime to reproduce speech like this? CNN routinely transcribes the entirety of speeches by bin Laden and others, while other sources (such as MEMRI and Kuro5hin) argue over this-or-that word.

Free nations embrace freedom. Hateful states, such as France, muzzle opposition, persecute faith, segregate immigrants, and guarantee the rage and alienation felt all across the Fifth Republic.