Better late than never. From the BBC, with thanks to all those who sent this in:
France’s highest administrative court has banned a TV station on the grounds that it is inciting racial hatred.
The Council of State ordered France-based satellite company Eutelsat to stop transmitting Lebanese station al-Manar within 48 hours.
The Council cited a 23 November broadcast in which a speaker accused Israel of deliberately disseminating Aids in Arab nations.
It said the channel had shown itself incapable of conforming to French law.
Al-Manar had been authorised to continue broadcasting in Europe by France’s media watchdog after signing an undertaking not to incite hatred or violence.
But on 2 December French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin called for the station to be taken off air for its “anti-Semitic” content “incompatible with French values”.
This BBC story doesn’t say what Al-Manar broadcast. This older BBC story does:
The channel signed an undertaking not to incite hatred or violence….
Last week, monitors recorded a commentator on the channel speaking of what he called “Zionist attempts to transmit Aids to Arab countries”.