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Brooklyn man arrested for relaying Hezbollah TV programs

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posted on Aug, 24 2006 @ 05:55 PM
A Brooklyn, NY man was arrested and held on $250,000 bail for relaying broadcasts of a Hezbollah TV station, al Manar. The station was designated by the U.S. government this spring as a global terrorist entity. The prosecutor in the case suggested additional charges of material support for terrorism as he petitioned the court for no bail.
A businessman was charged with providing satellite broadcasts of a Hezbollah television station to New York-area customers, authorities said Thursday.

Javed Iqbal, 42, was arrested Wednesday on conspiracy charges of enabling the broadcasts of al Manar, which was designated by the U.S. government this spring as a global terrorist entity, U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said in a statement.

Garcia said Iqbal used satellite dishes at his Staten Island home to distribute the broadcasts through a Brooklyn company called HDTV Limited.

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This issue can be viewed through several lenses; one, a need for security, and another, a charge of censorship and First Amendment violations.

Is the real issue the rebroadcast of the programs? Or is personal consumption also prohibited? I can't remember a case like this ever coming up before.

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