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
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
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