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Political and Legal Aspects of Ceasing the Almasiarh Broadcasts on
Nilesat and Eutelsat
By: Ahmad Kazemzadeh
Following t...
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On the other hand, the consequences of the Housing Bubble in the US
are still affecting the European economy and, theref...
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Legal Aspects
Almasirah is one of the few instruments for the Yemeni people to
convey their message to the world and inf...
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Political and legal aspects of ceasing the almasiarh broadcasts on nilesat and eutelsat

Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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  • 1. 1 Political and Legal Aspects of Ceasing the Almasiarh Broadcasts on Nilesat and Eutelsat By: Ahmad Kazemzadeh Following their military invasion to Yemen, the Saudis exerted pressures on the Egyptian government and European countries, especially France, and obliged them to stop the stop the broadcast of Almasirah TV channel on Nilesat and Eutelsat. Nilesat is controlled by Egypt and broadcasts TV programs for Arab audiences. Eutelsat is, however, owned by a French company and provides services for Eropean and Western spectators. The Saudis even used the salafis of the Hezb Al- Nour Party in order to wield pressure on the Egyptian government. In an interview with the Al-Bawabah News Website, Salah Abd Al- Mahmoud, member of the Higher Council of the Hezb Al-Nour Party, claimed: “By ceasing the broadcasting of the programs of Almasirah TV Channel [on Nilesat], Egypt gave a heavy blow to the Houthis, because they are no longer able to communicate with the Arab world.” Nevertheless, resorting to Egyptian salafi groups in order to exert pressure on Cairo once again indicated that President Al-Sisi is not willing to act upon the expectations of the Saudis. Meanwhile, France complied with the Saudi requests more easily. Despite the fact that France considers itself as cradle of freedom and the heir of the French Revolution, the French authorities succumbed to the Saudi pressures without any resistance. As a matter of fact, Saudi Arabia attaches special importance to its relations with France in order to fill the gaps resultant from possible frictions between Riyadh and Washington.
  • 2. 2 On the other hand, the consequences of the Housing Bubble in the US are still affecting the European economy and, therefore, the French authorities have welcomed this shift in Saudis’ policies. They are actually trying to take the maximum advantage of this situation, especially through the sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia. The Almasirah TV Channel started its broadcasting almost one year before the Saudi invasion to Yemen from Dahieh in Beirut. As Like Al- Manar TV Channel, which acts as the propaganda arm of the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Almasirah TV Channel is supposed to play the same role for the Yemen’s Ansarollah. Since Arabic and Western TV channels (who have formed a coalition headed by Saudi Arabia) try to distort the Yemen’s political and military developments, it was necessary for the Yemeni revolutionary forces to establish Almasirah TV Channel in order to convey their message to the world community, especially the Arab nations. Saudi Arabia’s efforts for stopping the broadcast of Almasirah TV Channel on Nilesat and Eutelsat is and indication of this channel’s success in carrying out its mission. However, stopping the broadcast of Almasirah’s programs on Nilesat and Eutelsat has had little effects on the transmission of the message of the Yemeni revolution, because revolutionary committees led by Ansarallah resumed the broadcasting of Almasirah on the Russian Express Satellite. France’s cooperation with Saudi Arabia in this regard once again undermined the arguments of French authorities over their abidance by democratic tenets and commitment to the principles of human rights, free access to information, and freedom of expression. As a matter of fact, free access to news and information is so vital for democracy that some observers have described it as “the oxygen for democracy”.
  • 3. 3 Legal Aspects Almasirah is one of the few instruments for the Yemeni people to convey their message to the world and inform the global community of the Saudi criminal invasion to their country. There is no doubt that preventing the Almasirah from going on air on Eutelsat is contradictory to all human rights principles and regulations. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has actually stipulated that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Based on the principles governing over the broadcast of satellite programs which have been incorporated in international conventions and documents, utilization of the earth’s outer atmospheric space should be based on international law and everyone should be entitled to utilize the atmosphere as freely and as equally as possible Based on the principle of freedom of communication and information in the international law, which is a universally acknowledged principle, no country is allowed to deny the rights of another country that is a member of conventions related to the peaceful utilization of the atmospheric space. This argument highlights the importance and necessity of the access of nations to the free current of information. Accordingly, this is the right of nations to get informed of the realities of Yemeni developments and the Saudi invasion to this country so that the global community is not deceived by the distorted news from media in Saudi Arabia and Saudi allies in the Arab and Western world.

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