French television authority stops broadcasts of Iranian station for antisemitic content
Friday, February 11, 2005
A recently aired show, For you, Palestine: Zahra's blue eyes, in the word of the French TV authority, systematically presented Israelis and Jews in a demeaning manner, as persons without scruples, ready to steal the eyes of a Palestinian child.
French law criminalizes incitation to racial hatred, as well as the denial of the Holocaust.
The government-controlled Iranian media, as the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp was approaching, published a number of columns in which the Holocaust was described as a "historical lie". Sahar TV has already come under the criticism of media watchdogs for antisemitic broadcasts.
France's broadcasting authority, the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel or CSA, is an independent administrative authority. The nine members of the council are named one third by the President of the French Republic, one third by the President of the Senate, one third by the President of the National Assembly.
France has already moved on several occasions to stop the broadcasts on its territory of antisemitic foreign broadcasters. On December 13, 2004, the French highest administrative court, acting on the request of the TV authorities, issued an injunction ordering Eutelsat to cease broadcasting Hezbollah television Al Manar in France.
- Transcript from For you, Palestine: Zahra's Blue Eyes
- Full text of the decision against Sahar: decision in French, in English
- Decision against Al-Manar: full text, press release (in French); BBC report
- Official home page of the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel
- Law #86-1067 defining the duties of broadcasters (full text in French; see art. 15)
- Law on the Freedom of the Press (full text in French; see art. 24bis)