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Hezbollah TV Network Ends Broadcasts To France


A French satellite television provider says a channel operated by Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group has ended its broadcasts to France.

The announcement Tuesday comes one day after France's highest administrative court ordered Paris satellite operator Eutelsat to take Beirut-based al-Manar television off the air or face large fines.

The court ruled Monday that al-Manar violated French laws against inciting hatred. It referred to two separate broadcasts that accused Israel of crimes against humanity and trying to spread AIDS across the Arab world.

Al-Manar says France made the decision under Israeli pressure. It says the court set what it calls a dangerous precedent against the Arab news media.

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