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Nilesat bans Lebanon channels

Cairo-based Nilesat appears to be following a situation where Saudi Arabia has allegedly taken down some key Lebanese channels, with Nilesat ceasing transmissions of the al-Manar channel.

Moreover, Nilesat has reportedly written to Lebanon’s Ministry of Communications saying it would no longer uplink channel from Beirut effective April 6th. Nilesat’s contract with Jouret al-Ballout teleport and transmitter station ended on April 6th, and is not being renewed.

The owner of the al-Manar channel, according to AFP, described the move as totally political.

Saudi Arabian-backed Arabsat took the al-Manar station off air in December 2015.

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