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January 31, 2013 1

App Developer Supplies Iranian Broadcasts Despite International Efforts

A UK-based mobile appli­ca­tion devel­oper named Shab­bir Has­sanally has cre­ated a series of apps allow­ing users to access news from a num­ber of Iran­ian tele­vi­sion sta­tions whose trans­mis­sions have been blocked since late last year.

Has­sanally is the co-founder Code of Zero, a firm respon­si­ble for the devel­op­ment of offi­cial apps for sev­eral of Iran­ian news sta­tions, includ­ing Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda sta­tion Press TV, and its sis­ter sta­tion, Spanish-language His­pan TV, both of which pro­mote vir­u­lent anti-Semitic and anti-West propaganda.

The apps are avail­able for down­load in the Apple App Store and Google Mar­ket­place for free and allow Iran­ian pro­pa­ganda to reach an even wider audience.

In Octo­ber 2012, the France-based satel­lite car­rier Eutel­sat banned the broad­cast of 19 tele­vi­sion and radio sta­tions from Iran’s state broad­caster, Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB). A cou­ple months later, His­panSat, a Spain-based satel­lite provider that broad­cast His­pan TV, fol­lowed suit and ended its trans­mis­sion of IRIB sta­tions. Both satel­lite car­ri­ers have cited EU sanc­tions against Iran as part of the basis to dis­con­tinue the trans­mis­sion of IRIB sta­tions in the West.

Has­sanally has a his­tory of involve­ment with Iranian-backed pro­grams and orga­ni­za­tions. Has­sanally was respon­si­ble for the man­age­ment of the offi­cial web­site for the 2012 Global March To Jerusalem (GMJ), a cam­paign that coor­di­nated efforts by activists to cross Israel’s bor­ders and enter Jerusalem. Addi­tion­ally, Has­sanally hosts the offi­cial site for the Ahlul­Bayt Islamic Mis­sion (AIM), a UK-based Shi’a orga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes the Iran­ian regime’s ideology.

In Decem­ber 2012, the Anti-Defamation League released its report, Iran’s Press TV: Broad­cast­ing Anti-Semitism To The Eng­lish Speak­ing World.

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August 16, 2012 0

Hezbollah Re-Launches Apps; Blames ADL For Failure Of Previous Effort

Hezbollah’s smart­phone appli­ca­tion, launched at the end of July but promptly removed by Apple and Google, has been rere­leased for the Android oper­at­ing sys­tem and is “back on Ipad and Iphone,” accord­ing to Al-Manar, the Lebanese ter­ror­ist organization’s satel­lite tele­vi­sion station.

Al-Manar’s Eng­lish statement

In a state­ment issued today, Al-Manar says it is “back on Ipad and Iphone appli­ca­tions via alter­na­tive ways, fol­low­ing the cam­paign car­ried out by the Jew­ish Anti-Defamation League to deac­ti­vate Al-Manar appli­ca­tions on smart phones at Google Play and apple store.”

Al-Manar announced its new release for Android this past week­end and sim­i­larly blamed “the Jew­ish Anti-Defamation League” for launch­ing a “cam­paign” to remove the orig­i­nal appli­ca­tion from iTunes and Google Play. “Al Manar is back again. As we promised our audi­ence, we found alter­na­tive ways to make our appli­ca­tion avail­able to be down­loaded on Android phones,” the state­ment reads.

Fol­low­ing the removal of the ini­tial appli­ca­tion by Apple and Google last month, Al-Manar issued a state­ment describ­ing ADL as “US based Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tion” that “mon­i­tors Israel related media espe­cially in Arab and Mus­lim coun­tries” and sends pub­li­ca­tions “to Amer­i­can politi­cians and Con­gress members.”

In an inter­view with Al Intiqad, a Lebanese news site, Mohamed Salah, direc­tor of Al-Manar’s web­site, said that Al-Manar “will spare no effort to respond strongly to this targeting.”

In an effort to avoid dis­trib­u­tor poli­cies and con­trol, the new appli­ca­tions are down­load­able directly from Al-Manar’s web­site, which is hosted British server. The web­site also pro­vides instruc­tions, along with screen shots, on con­fig­ur­ing Android phones to accept appli­ca­tions “not sourced in Android Market.”

The appli­ca­tion directs users to var­i­ous sta­tion con­tent, includ­ing speeches by Hezbol­lah leader, Has­san Nas­ral­lah. Al-Manar broad­casts the ter­ror­ist group’s mes­sages of hate and vio­lence, dis­sem­i­nates anti-Semitic and anti-American pro­pa­ganda and glo­ri­fies sui­cide bomb­ings to mil­lions of view­ers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Hezbol­lah is a U.S. des­ig­nated For­eign Ter­ror­ist Orga­ni­za­tion, and Al-Manar was listed as a “Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist” by the Depart­ment of the Trea­sury in 2006.

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