Palestinian activists call for return of Al Alam

Palestinian activists call for return of Al Alam
Mon Jul 8, 2013 13:23:09

Palestinian activists say the Al Alam Arabic news network is indispensable for Palestinians as it is the sole alternative satellite TV channel, which echoes the voice of Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and Israeli-occupied West Bank around the world.

Jamal Jom’a, the head of Palestinian movement against the Israeli separation wall and settlement activities, says the recent move by some Western satellite service providers to ban Al Alam from airwaves shows the West’s “hollow” claims of advocating democracy.

Meanwhile, Hossein al-Jamal, a radio host of the “Gaza People Voice” has told Al Alam that the United States seeks to conceal any voice that opposes Washington’s policy.

He referred to Al Alam’s detailed and extensive coverage of the Israeli aggressions on the Gaza Strip in 2008 and argued that Palestinians need the alternative channel to convey their messages to the international community.

On June 19, Intelsat told Iran's national broadcasting corporation, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), that it will no longer provide services to Iranian channels as of July 1 because of US sanctions.

Iranian satellite channels have come under a wave of attacks by European governments and satellite companies since January 2012, and have been taken off the air in several Western countries, including Britain, France, Germany and Spain.


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