Février 2010 : Tarik Mitri, ministre de l’information du Liban, explique (enfin) aux Américains cette évidence : leurs pressions sur leurs alliés arabes pour censurer Al Manar des satellites TV sont contreproductives. Pourquoi ? Parce que ça les ferait passer pour des... censeurs.
03.02.2010 : INFORMATION MINISTER PRESSURED TO ATTACK ANTI-HIZBALLAH HR 2278 - Nyheter - Wikileaks - Aftenposten.no
Mitri said that most ministers felt that proposed legislation such as HR 2278 would “make their lives more difficult,” giving radicals another weapon in their arsenal to radicalize others. He offered that all of the ministers needed to be seen as defending the freedom of their satellite companies even though, as Mitri opined, “the content of these broadcasts do more harm here than in the United States.” Mitri said that both Arabsat and Nilesat, the two main satellite providers in the Arab world, felt that they could not be held responsible for the content of the broadcasts on the channels they transmit. After all, said Mitri, “if they are licensed in their home countries, it’s not (the satellite companies’) problem.”