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Statement by Arabsat: Al-Mayadeen and Al-Manar

Arabsat would like to clarify that two channels, Al-Mayadeen and Al-Manar have breached the terms of their contracts

Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO of Arabsat.

Arabsat would like to stress that it doesn’t interfere in the content of the broadcasted material via its satellites. Arabsat is an Arabic satellite operator always seeking to achieve its main goal, which is to connect the Arab World with its unique cultural and religious diversity and to deliver its message accurately and swiftly to the world through satellite broadcasting and telecommunications technology.

Hereby Arabsat would like to state the following:

First: The Commercial contract signed between Arabsat and any customer is considered as the legal reference and the basis that governs the relationship between the two parties and to rely on its terms in case of any legal dispute, according to what is stated in its terms and already approved by both parties.

Second: Two channels, Al-Mayadeen and Al-Manar have breached the terms of their contracts and violated the spirit of the Honour Charter of the Arab Media, which clearly and explicitly forbids the broadcast of any programmes that contravene viewers’ rights and privacies, instigate sectarian conflicts, violence, differences, social disorder that disturb tranquility, disunite viewers, or degrade and demean any of the political and religious figures in countries of the footprint of the satellite.

Third: As a result of such a serious breach of the legal contact terms by Al-Mayadeen and Al-Manar, Arabsat has legally notified the two channels with their contracts termination separately and in different dates based on the provisions of the contract.

Fourth: As for moving the Lebanese bouquet outside Lebanon, it was a purely commercial decision that has been taken long before and has nothing to do with the Al-Mayadeen and Al-Manar case. The decision was based on an economic feasibility study carried out by Arabsat to assess whether to continue or not with the broadcast of the Lebanese Bouquet from inside Lebanon due to the limited number of channels currently broadcasted from there.

Arabsat released this statement in order to clarify the operational and the legal issues concerned its policies and regulations in regards to broadcasting via its satellite, that might be unknown to the public.

Arabsat also would like to use this opportunity to address all Mass Media to ensure accuracy and credibility in dealing with any broadcast issues related to Arabsat satellites.