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Kurdish weekly banned in Iran

BBC Monitoring Text of report by Iranian conservative news agency Mehr Tehran, 2 December: Ashti weekly considered, as the first Kurdish-Persian publication, has been permanently banned by the verdict of Branch 1 of the Penal Court of Sanandaj. In an interview with the Kurdish department of PNA [abbreviation in English, …

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YouTube Restores Egyptian Blogger’s Site

YouTube Press Several days after pulling the plug on the website of Egyptian blogger, Wael Abbas, YouTube has told Arab Media & Society that it is restoring Abbas’ account. The video website, recently purchased by Google, cancelled Abbas’ service earlier this week without notice. The apparent reason was that the …

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Iraq: Three new Iraqi satellite television channels noted

BBC Monitoring The following three new Iraqi satellite television channels were observed on 28 November: Afaq Satellite Channel Afaq [Horizons] satellite channel, a new Iraqi television channel, has started transmission via the Atlantic Bird 4 satellite located at 7 degrees west and the Eutelsat W6 satellite, located at 21 degrees …

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Sudan media behaviour note on British

BBC Monitoring Since Sudanese authorities arrested British school teacher Gillian Gibbons on Sunday 25 November and charged her with insulting Islam and inciting hatred, no mention of the case has been made on both state radio and television. Privately-owned Sudanese press, has however, carried reactions and factual reports on the …

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