France seeks to stop 'hate incitement' by Gaza TV
The French government has asked its broadcasting authority to put an end to "incitement to hatred' on a Hamas-run television station broadcast via a Paris-based satellite company, officials said Monday.
Foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said that France had received a warning from the European Commission that Al-Aqsa TV, which is accused of inciting hatred of Jews and Israelis, had repeatedly breached European law.
The station, broadcast via the Eutelsat satellite operator, shows programmes which "incite hatred or violence for reasons of religion or nationality," Valero told reporters.
He said French authorities were confident the CSA broadcasting authority would take rapid action to ensure that content broadcast via satellites owned by French-based firms and beamed into the European Union respected French and EU law.
The CSA has previously twice warned Eutelsat about breaching French laws that ban incitement to hatred, but these warnings did not lead to any change in the content broadcast via its satellites.
Al Aqsa TV is run by Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip.
© 2010 AFP