Image from’s Al-Manar television showing leader .
* JP via Jeffrey Imm
Al Manure coming on you and at you:
‘Kill the Infidels, kill the Jews’ for millions of viewers!
THAICOM, a private satellite company in, has begun airing the broadcasts of ’s Al-Manar TV. The satellite covers , , , the , and most of .
The Thai satellite has significantly boosted the resonance of Al-Manar’s propaganda messages around the world, said the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) in. “This is an outrage,” said ITIC head, Dr. Reuven Erlich. “Other satellites have stopped airing Al-Manar, so has found a way round it.”
Approached by The Media Line THAICOM said it is considering its response and will only offer a formal reaction over the weekend. However, company sources said the decision to transmit Al-Manar broadcasts was a “purely business decision, which had nothing to do with politics.”
THAICOM considers Al-Manar programming as “news and entertainment,” the sources said.
* Sure. Islamic ‘entertainment’: Hatred, conspiracy BS, beheadings, fiery sermons by deluded headbangers, incitement: everything that comes with the mental baggage of the ‘RoP’
The United States’ Department of State decided in December 2004 to add Al-Manar to its Terrorist Exclusion List. Since then, the European satellites Hispasat and Eutelsat have ceased airing the station’s broadcasts.
“It’s a war. Al-Manar is’s main communication tool, through which it spreads anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic, and anti-American incitement. It spreads and Iranian values of radical Islam,” Erlich explained. He added that the fact that Al-Manar can now be seen in south-east Asia, means that and , two countries with a large Muslim population, are open to its messages of hatred.
In the past few years since the European satellites stopped airing Al-Manar, the station could only be seen via two Arab satellites: Nilesat and Arabsat. The former is an Egyptian-owned satellite, which broadcasts to the, , and a few countries in southern . The latter is a pan-Arab satellite, with approximately the same reach.