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Arabsat is slammed.

THE Information Affairs Authority (IAA) criticised an Arabsat statement, claiming it doesn't have to interfere with "political and religious discussions".

The IAA said Arabsat is responsible for controlling media content and taking steps to stop broadcasting non-compliant channels under its agreement, commercial contracts with subscribers as well as Arab and international conventions which all ban inciting sectarianism, hatred, extremism and terrorism.

It said the IAA decision to stop broadcasting its TV and radio bouquet from June 1 followed Arabsat's failure to take legal action and close Iranian channels despite 15 months of correspondence and evidence of violations by them.

It said what was being broadcast by Iranian channels on Bahrain was not just "political and religious discussions", as claimed by Arabsat, but media materials against Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to disseminate lies and fallacies to incite sectarianism, hatred, violence and terrorism and shake GCC stability and security, in breach of media work ethics.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Jun 11, 2012
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