PARIS, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The bid to ban a Lebanese satellite television channel by the French government is technologically futile, the International Herald Tribune reports.
At issue is the Beirut-based al-Manar network, which the French claim broadcasts militant, anti-Semitic messages, music videos glorifying suicide bombers as "blessed martyrs" and commentary blaming Jews for spreading AIDS.
Tuesday, France's broadcast regulator, the CSA, accused al-Manar of violating a ban on hate speech and scheduled a hearing for next week.
However, the broadcaster can still reach viewers in France and other parts of the world through alternative satellites, two of which are owned by U.S. firms with blue-chip credentials, the newspaper said.
Station spokesman Ibrahim Mousawi said the network has agreements with companies that operate eight satellites, three of which cover Europe. And if al-Manar is exiled from the French Eutelsat satellite network, he said it could still broadcast via two other satellites "though not with the same high quality."