Arabsat has notified two channels, Al-Mayadeen and Al-Manar, that it will terminate their contracts after they “breached the terms of their contracts and violated the spirit of the Honor Charter of the Arab Media”.
According to a statement from Arabsat, the Honor Charter of the Arab Media: “forbids the broadcast of any programs that contravene viewers’ rights and privacies, instigate sectarian conflicts, violence, differences, social disorder that disturb tranquillity, disunite viewers, or degrade and demean any of the political and religious figures in countries of the footprint of the satellite.”
The satellite operator said that following “a serious breach” of the legal contact terms by Al-Mayadeen and Al-Manar, Arabsat had notified the two channels separately about the termination of their contracts “based on the provisions of the contract”.
The statement from Arabsat added that: “Arabsat, as a leading satellite operator in the region, works under the umbrella of Arab League and is owned by all Arab countries, 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 seeking always 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 state-of-the-art satellite broadcasting and telecommunications technology.”