OTV Cries Foul Over "Lebanese" Porn Channel

MEMRI has translated a news report presented on OTV on July 9 concerning the “immoral” porn channels using counterfeit Lebanese to sell sex. According to the OTV reporter:

It is not unusual for a TV viewer to accidentally come across channels broadcasting porn films and nude images. What is peculiar is that one of these channels is called ‘Lebanese Women TV.’ The channel is broadcast via the European Hotbird satellite, and it airs porn films and sex ads – free-of-charge and unencrypted – showing girls imitating a Lebanese accent, although they are not Lebanese, thus exploiting the good reputation of Lebanese women for marketing and distribution purposes.

This whole issue is harmful to the image of Lebanese women, and constitutes an affront to their pride and honor, and by extension, this is an affront to Lebanon and all Lebanese. It constitutes a character assassination of an entire society and country, for the whole world to see.

You can see the clip (with English translations) yourself – but be forewarned, its simply shows phone sex ads taken from the channel with focused pixelization. Though I kind of wonder how many hours that reporter spent staring at porn and Photoshopping the images.

From MEMRI: Lebanese Porn Channel – "Character Assassination" of All Lebanese – July 9, 2010

From MEMRI: Lebanese Porn Channel – "Character Assassination" of All Lebanese – July 9, 2010

I did some research into the channel but could not determine where it broadcasts from. Although other “pornatizement” channels such as Arab 69 TV, Arab XXX, and Al Jameela Jins all broadcast from Israel.

According to OTV, the channel damages Lebanon’s reputation. Apparently, they are oblivious of Lebanon’s “boobs and booze” tourism. Nevertheless, OTV tried to bring the issue to the attention of the authorities who were too busy poking through Facebook for attacks against the President:

When [OTV] contacted the head of the office for fighting IT and copyright crimes, the answer we received was that the office is aware of this issue, but is not dealing with it at present, because the issue of the president and Facebook is of higher priority.

Is anyone surprised? I mean as Tarek Chemaly pointed out, decency is quite nonexistent when it comes to the local media. And does anyone remember in the 90s, local broadcaster Sigma TV (I think that’s what it was called), which in the early hours of the morning used to show soft porn?

From Beirut/NTSC: Photo was taken from LBC

From Beirut/NTSC: Photo was taken from LBC

2 Comments
  1. Who decide what’s immoral and what’s not? i m not a Lebanese but, it doesn’t harm Lebanese people image, but may help to expose How Lebanese people are kinda tolaraded society.

    i respect Your country and Your people a lot, Your country accepted both Arab and Jewish refugees, You also got a free market economy that i admire, You tolarate porn, People may drink Alcohol unlike some other Arab countries, Your country became rich without oil, You would be even better if you haven’t been in war, all of these something You should be proud of.

    Kick ass that Stupid Hezbollah and Let Hasan Nasrallah run a gay bar then he won’t be able to ruin Your country anymore and be in peace with Your multy cultural free society.

    All my respects to grand children of Phoenicia.

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