Sunday, January 21, 2007

Look who is afraid of a TV station 

The U.S. is well known for not liking media that oppose it. They had their puppets in Iraq throw some networks like Al-Jazeera out of Iraq. They have "accidently" killed more than a few journalists with tank shells and rifle fire in Iraq. During the fighting in Kosovo in the late 90s they blew up Serb TV killing dozens who were inside claiming that the TV station was "a command and control facility" (if you want to see what a TV station that really did function as a "command and control" center you should look at this). They and Israel have worked hard trying to blow up Hezbollahs TV network in Lebanon.

Now they and their puppets in Iraq are working hard to make sure any independent voices in Iraq are knocked off the air:

BAGHDAD, Jan. 20 — The video starts with a young American soldier patrolling an Iraqi street. His head is obscured by leaves, so a red target is digitally inserted to draw the viewer’s eye. A split second later, the soldier collapses, shot. Martial music kicks in, a jihadi answer to John Philip Sousa. The time and place of the attack scrolls at the bottom of the screen.

Such tapes, along with images of victims of Shiite militias and unflattering coverage of Shiite leaders, are beaming across Iraq and much of the Middle East 24 hours a day, broadcast by a banned Iraqi satellite television station that has become a major information center for the Sunni insurgency — and the focus of a cat-and-mouse hunt that has exasperated and infuriated American and Iraqi forces.

Making the situation even more galling for the authorities, American and Iraqi officials say that money stolen from the United States probably helps pay for the station.

“They do not have programs but buffoonery, blaspheming and support for terrorism,” said Jalal al-Din al-Sagheer, a senior member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a Shiite party. “The source of funding for the channel is theft.”


Iraqi officials banned the station on Nov. 5, focusing on its anti-Shiite footage and accusing it of “agitating the people against a large Iraqi sect with killing and genocide.” Since then, the station has become a pirate outfit, fleeing new, makeshift headquarters at least twice.

Some top American military officials say they have aggressively tried to find where the broadcasts originate to put an end to them, but so far they have failed.

Baha al-Araji, a Shiite member of Parliament familiar with efforts to cut off the station, said the Iraqi government had also asked Nilesat, the Egyptian broadcaster responsible for transmitting the station via satellite, to cancel its contract with Al Zawra. So far, the company has refused, and the Egyptian government has rejected requests to intervene.

That is what the thugs in the American military and their puppets know how to do - "put an end" to anyone who disagrees with them.

I guess its too much to hope any cable or sattellite channel would pick up this stations broadcasts. Given that YouTube now deletes all Iraqi insurgents videos placed on its site I was hoping some network would have a video of this excellent work by the Iraqi insurgents.


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