Apparently THAICOM has done this:
- "as a purely business decision" (i.e., presumably, "for profit"), and not for political reasons.
- Considering Al-Manar programming to be "news and entertainment". (Go figure.)
- Without regard to the facts that:
(a) Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV is Hizbullah's main communication tool, through which it spreads anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic, and anti-American incitement (spreading Hizbullah and Iranian values of radical Islam) - i.e., it is an Islamic (Muslim) fundamentalist propaganda medum.
(b) Other satellites have stopped airing Al-Manar because of this. e.g., the US Department of State decided in December 2004 to add Al-Manar to its Terrorist Exclusion List, and subsequently the European satellites Hispasat and Eutelsat have ceased airing the station's broadcasts. (Thus THAICOM have enabled Al-Manar to get around this blockage.)
(Ed: I do wish these writers would learn English grammar and not use conjunctions at the start of a sentence.)
Some people might say - but I couldn't possibly agree - that THAICOM may have a further really good business idea up their sleeves - to make even bigger profits, and more efficiently too, by following up the demand they will have created with the broadcasts and diversify into armaments and selling armaments/bombs directly to the Islamic fundamentalist terrorists in these regions.
(Now that Al-Manar can be seen in south-east Asia, it means that Indonesia and Malaysia, two countries with large Muslim populations, are able to receive what civilised nations apparently consider to be messages of hatred.)