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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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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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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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Palestinian security denies attacks on journalists in West Bank

BBC Monitoring Text of report in English by independent, non-governmental Palestinian Ma'an News Agency website Bethlehem, 28 November: Palestinian security services said on Wednesday that Hizb Ut-Tahrir were responsible for the confrontations which erupted in Palestinian cities across the West Bank on Tuesday during anti-Annapolis rallies. The security services said …

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New TV for Iranian Kurds starts broadcasting from Sweden

BBC Monitoring Text of report by Brussels-based Kurdish Roj TV on 27 November The Kurdish people now have another TV channel. Newroz TV, which had started test transmissions in February this year, began regular broadcasts today, 27 November. Newroz TV will broadcast from Sweden. Its transmissions will begin at 1700 …

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