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White paper should tackle terrorist television

By Bren Carlill - posted Friday, 12 March 2010

Concern about domestic radicalisation and home-grown terrorism is a big part of the government's white paper on counter-terrorism released in February 2010.

So why haven't successive governments banned Hezbollah's television station, al-Manar, from screening in Australia?

After all, al-Manar is all about radicalising its viewers.


The paper advises that Hezbollah has an Australian support base. It goes on to caution that "terrorist movements with a presence or support base in Australia could become willing to engage in operational activity here".

This is no idle threat. US intelligence reports have stated that Hezbollah has cells in Europe, North and South America and Africa. The group has never constrained its actions to Israel and Lebanon, having carried out terrorist attacks in Argentina, Britain, France, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Spain, with numerous failed attempts in Asian countries.

Hezbollah established al-Manar in 1991. It has been glorifying terrorism and encouraging its viewers to follow the path of the "martyrs" who have gone before them since.

The station also regularly broadcasts anti-Jewish propaganda in sermons, mini-series and children's shows.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has an anti-terrorism standard by which it assesses whether any TV station crosses the line between free speech and raising money or recruits for terrorist groups.

The standard stipulates that TV providers must not directly recruit people or solicit funds for a terrorist organisation.


When al-Manar began broadcasting into Australia a few years ago, ACMA applied its anti-terrorism standard against its broadcasts.

However, even though al-Manar extensively praises Hezbollah, ACMA cleared it to keep on broadcasting since it doesn't flash the phone number of Hezbollah's recruitment office on the screen.

The problem lies with the anti-terrorism standard's guidelines, which suggest that directly recruiting for a terrorist organisation means providing details on how to become members, and directly soliciting funds means providing bank account numbers.

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First published in The Australian on March 9, 2010.

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Bren Carlill worked at the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council between 2006 and 2011.

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