Al Manar Television

Apr 25th, 2008, in News, by

HizbullahLebanese Hizbullah television become available to Indonesian viewers courtesy of Indosat.

Since some time this month the Lebanese Shia radical group Hizbullah’s own television station, Al Manar, has begun broadcasting to Indonesian audiences via Indosat’s Palapa C2 satellite.

Head of Public Relations for Indosat, Adita Irawati, says: detikinet

Al Manar is a new client, they are using our transponder, they’re just renting it.

Indosat is 14% owned by the government but Adita says the decision to take Al Manar as a client was a purely commercial decision and the management didn’t know that Al Manar was connected to Hizbullah. (Al Manar is actually owned by a company called “Lebanese Media Group”.)

He adds helpfully:

You can watch it with a satellite dish and a decoder.

In January of this year Al Manar began broadcasting in Thailand, with the aid of Shin Corp, but the broadcasts were stopped only a few days later after the Hizbullah connection became known. detikinet

Al Manar’s broadcasts are blocked in many countries besides because the station was added to the US State Department’s “Terrorist Exclusion List” in late 2004. state.gov

And in March of 2006 the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated it as a: ustreas.gov

Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity

and that Al Manar was an

Arm of Hizballah Terrorist Network

Al Manar’s representative in Indonesia, Ali Assegaf, however says it is just an ordinary television station, but one that is focused on the struggle of the Palestinian people, and it does not broadcast messages of terror, and nor even that it is exclusively Islamic in its content. It shows children’s programs, Quranic lessons, family dramas, and news, he says, all with the purpose of advancing human brotherhood. detikinet


17 Comments on “Al Manar Television”

  1. avatar Lairedion says:

    I’m curious if the MUI will issue a fatwa forbidding the broadcasting of heretical Shia Islamic programs.

  2. avatar Rambutan says:

    Well, fair enough, we have VoA, too, no?

  3. avatar Rob says:

    But last time I checked VoA was not on a list of terrorist organizations or organizations affiliated with terrorists.

    This might just be a matter of opinion and interpretation in the vein of “one person’s freedom fighter is another person’s terrorist!”

  4. avatar Andrew says:

    Well, gentlemen, the next logical thing is to make the Playboy channel available in Indonesia.

  5. avatar Enigmatic says:

    Hey, the fact that the following:

    Al Manar is a new client, they are using our transponder, they’re just renting it.

    happens shows how money talks sometimes eh?

    It’s just a matter of whether we want to listen to it or not…

  6. avatar jaka says:

    Well, gentlemen, the next logical thing is to make the Playboy channel available in Indonesia.

    Agree!! 😉

  7. avatar Lairedion says:

    Well, gentlemen, the next logical thing is to make the Playboy channel available in Indonesia.

    Yeah, why not go for the real thing? Private Spice, Hustler or Dorcel TV!

  8. avatar Rob says:

    Sounds like Lairedion has done some research on this matter or is already a subscriber!

  9. avatar Lairedion says:

    Rob,

    Of course I’m subscribed! These channels are part of my digital TV subscription. Some short findings on my research:

    – Private Spice, lots of Brits chicks. They combine their natural raunchiness with acrobatic acts which makes you sometimes wonder: “How is this possible?”. Not my appetite.
    – Hustler TV is generally OK, lots of US movies with bule and Asian chicks, sometimes too many silicones.
    – Dorcel TV. Undeniable French-European with classical lingerie styles and natural beautiful European broads. Best description: Pornochic. My favourite of the three.

    I hope this information is useful for you. 🙂

  10. avatar Kang Aris says:

    America can’t look where is true and wrong. Some times wealth can make someone blind. Ok go a head

  11. avatar Deng Xiao Phing says:

    I am glad to have an option to pay the Lebanese channel, at least we can try to learn what is Muslim is all about directly from the source but not via CNN & BBC ?

  12. avatar Marisa says:

    Depkominfo stuff again! Hm.. are we heading for a psywar here?

    Just curious, but why Al Manar? Why not, let’s say, Al Jazeera?

    Then again, cultural and scientific TV programs are far more essential to the nation’s millenium development instead of ..pffftt, whatevr. I miss Sesame Street.

  13. avatar Hussain says:

    Gentlemen,
    Its time that we learn the other side of picture of middle-east from their
    channel directly.We all know CNN and BBC are great one in suppresing
    news and propaganda of their own policies.

  14. avatar Luthfi Al Husaini says:

    This the big movement of Hezbullah. I hope This channel can be accesed without a satelite dish. Allahu Akbar!!!

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  16. […] But any Internet prowler should have been able to find the blogworld’s commentary about al-Manar, including this combination of translated news links and commentary on Indonesia Matters. […]

  17. avatar Fardie says:

    It’s very exciting to see almanar and let’s stay away from biased media.

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