Twitter Just Suspended Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV Account

Twitter social media platform proceeded to close the official account of ’s Al-Manar TV and blocked most of its pages without warning, including all its news accounts, most of its software accounts, and many of its reporters’ accounts.

 

While the reactions from the people have been that of fierce outrage by the shut down of Al-Manar’s Twitter account and related, Al-Manar satellite TV continues to broadcast as usual. 

 

The Al-Manar accounts in English, French, and Spanish were also banned, and Al-Manar TV accused Twitter of yielding to “political pressure.” 

’s TV station, which is based in , was banned in 2004 by the ; a ban that was later implemented by , Spain, and

In addition, according to the Commission of the European Communities (2007), Al-Manar TV has been unavailable in , , and the Netherlands, due to the station’s service and license problems outside .

 

However, Al-Manar on twitter, until the closure of its account yesterday, November 2nd, was compensating enough to have its broadcasted news and messages reach globally, and its nearly one million followers on Twitter. Currently, its official account on Instagram counts with barely 1,370 followers.

Al-Manar TV first began broadcasting from , on 4 June 1991. It received its license from the Lebanese government in 1997 and evolved by 2000 into broadcasting via satellite. 

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According to the US department of treasury in 2006, “Al Manar is the media arm of the ” and, as per the station manager back then, it “belongs to culturally and politically.” By 2004, its daily viewers worldwide were estimated at about 10M.

There have been fierce complains from pro-Hezballah people on twitter and on the streets in reaction to the shut down of the Al-Manara Twitter facilities, with most citing “lack of democracy” and  “infringement of freedom of speech” and the likes of civic rights.

Civic rights that they did not allow the Lebanese peaceful protesters, in the streets of and Nabatieh, who got assaulted violently for practicing peacefully their rights for democracy and freedom of speech. 

 

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