Man arrested for broadcasting Hezbollah television in New York
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Javed Iqbal, owner of Brooklyn-based television company HDTV Ltd., was arrested yesterday by for airing content from (The Beacon). According to the , Iqbal has been charged with to violate the . Government authorities also the HDTV Ltd. office and Iqbal's home in on suspicion of maintaining .
According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the arrest followed a tip from a confidential source in February. A lawyer representing Iqbal, Mustapha Ndanusa, described the accusations against his client — violating U.S. law by providing news outlets to people with a satellite dish — as "completely ridiculous". If convicted, Iqbal faces up to five years in prison.
Al-Manar was launched by Hezbollah in 1991. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has declared al-Manar a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity pursuant to , which criminalizes business conduct with al-Manar and prohibits their access to American news outlets. France and Spain have also prohibited al-Manar broadcasts. Transmission of al-Manar broadcasts in North America via have been blocked since December 17, 2004, when the placed al-Manar on the .
The criminality of Iqbal actions are also subject to the U.S. Constitution, which states in part, "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..."rights of the
- "New Yorker arrested for broadcasting Hizbollah TV" — , August 24, 2006
- Associated Press. "Man charged with providing broadcasts from Hezbollah TV in New York area" — , August 24, 2006
- Larry Neumeister. "Man Charged With Relaying Hezbollah TV" — , August 24, 2006
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