Designated Terrorist Organization Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV Joins Telegram

October 11, 2016

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On August 26, 2016, Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV created its own Telegram channel, which has 25 members as of October 10, 2016. The channel posts focus on developments by Hizbullah and Shi’ite groups and leaders in Iraq, Yemen, and especially Iran.

According to previous MEMRI research, Hizbullah’s public relations efforts are aggressive and sophisticated; it is very active on social media with current accounts on Twitter, YouTube, and previously Facebook (over ten accounts have been created and taken down over the past few years), and made attempts to create apps for Apple and Android devices. While it maintains a radio station, Al-Nour, its most important PR front is its Al-Manar TV station and the Al-Manar TV website, which is the main outlet conveying Hizbullah’s activity to the world.

Since Al-Manar TV began broadcasting via satellite in 2000, it has been at the center of controversy throughout the West. The channel has been banned in various capacities in the U.S., Canada, France, Australia, Spain, Netherlands, and elsewhere. While these countries have been successful in keeping Al-Manar TV off the airwaves, Hizbullah has managed to circumvent the ban with its multiple-language website, www3.almanar.com.lb, which live-streams its programming.

Thus, the effort to thwart Hizbullah’s PR activities by these countries – the U.S., Canada, France, Australia, Spain, and Netherlands – is hampered by the fact that U.K. and Netherlands servers are hosting Hizbullah’s website.

The following are some Telegram posts from Al-Manar’s account.

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Source: Al-Manar Telegram Channel. For more information, see MEMRI JTTM: Al-Manar TV, Banned By The U.S. And U.K., Now Hosted On U.K. And Netherlands Servers, November 8, 2012