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Arab, Egyptian Satellite drop Iranian station - 12-January-2010, 19:50

The Middle East's two main satellite operators have dropped an Arabic-speaking Iranian television station, a decision described by the broadcaster as an attempt to stifle Iran's voice in the region. The Arabic-speaking al-Alam, based in Iran, said the decision Wednesday was politically motivated. Al-Alam has been critical of Arab governments. Farsi is the official language of Iran. The station is carried by Saudi Arabia-hosted ArabSat and the Egyptian-owned NileSat and reaches millions of Arabic speaking viewers in over 100 countries. Egypt's Middle East News Agency said the decision was because of contractual violations, without elaborating. An operations official at ArabSat, Samuel Habashi, confirmed the station was off the air. Atef al-Mussawi, head of al-Alam's bureau in Beirut, said his station was seeking explanations from officials at both operators, and said the decision muzzled freedom of expression. He said an Egyptian official told them the decision came from "higher authorities" without explanation.
   
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