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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Political Resistance and the Media (Panel #26)

Panel Columnist: Frederick Wasser (Brooklyn College, CUNY)
Participants: Megan Boler (University of Toronto), Ying-Ying Chen (University of Texas at Austin), Sue Collins (New York University), Marion Wrenn (New York University), Jyotsna Kapur (Southern Illinois University)
Moderator: Amy Nathan Wright (University of Texas at Austin)

Question: Are there any signs that filmed entertainment is reacting against the passivity of the political sphere? In other words, we often talk of the active audience responding to mass media, but this activity is purely cultural. Meanwhile the political discourse allows little if any room for resistance to the right wing turn. Is there any sign that resistance is breaking out in mass culture activities? Films are turning political both in the studios and in more grass roots productions, but television is naturally harder to read for any trends.

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Two U.S. men charged with broadcasting Hezbollah TV

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities brought terrorism charges against two men for providing satellite broadcasts of Hezbollah television channel al-Manar to U.S. customers, according to an indictment unsealed on Monday.

Saleh Elahwal, 53, and Javed Iqbal, 42, were charged with providing material support to al-Manar -- branded by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization in March -- the indictment said. Each faces a maximum of 110 years in prison if convicted of all 11 counts.

Both men pleaded not guilty during a hearing in Manhattan federal court. Elahwal was released on $400,000 bail, while Iqbal was released on $250,000 bail.

Lawyers for both men did not comment. The men are due to appear again on January 8.

The U.S. Treasury Department froze the U.S. assets of al-Manar in March, saying it supported the fund-raising and recruitment activities of Hezbollah, a Shi'ite Muslim group backed by Syria and Iran.

Iqbal, a Pakistani who moved to the United States 24 years ago and lives in New York, was arrested and first charged in August with providing satellite customers with the Hezbollah-operated channel.

According to the new charges, between September 2005 and August 2006, the two men used the television company they own, Brooklyn-based HDTV Ltd., to negotiate with representatives of the al-Manar network to air the channel, according to the indictment.

Court documents said Elahwal, who lives in New Jersey, and Iqbal were paid by al-Manar more than $111,000 between December and March.

The channel provided wide coverage of the war between Hezbollah and Israel last summer, broadcasting exclusive footage shot by Hezbollah guerillas. It was attacked by Israeli airstrikes during the fighting.

Reuters/VNU

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