Inciteful Broadcasts via AMOS Satellite Discontinued

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
August 18, 1997

In response to questions about discontinuing broadcasts in the Persian language containing incitement by means of the AMOS satellite:

The transmissions in question were received from foreign sources and relayed by private companies operating under license from the Israeli government and according to internationally accepted rules. As is customary throughout the world, the government does not check the transmission content of such broadcasts.

When the Foreign Ministry became aware of the nature of the broadcasts it decided to investigate the relevant facts and circumstances.

Inciteful messages broadcast by terrorist organizations do not conform to what is acceptable and customary in radio and television broadcasts.

Therefore, the companies were required to discontinue these broadcasts.