US to punish anti-American TV in Middle East

The US House of Representatives has adopted a bill asking the country’s president to report agitation resulting from anti-American violence on media outlets.

The measure was passed in a decisive 395-3 vote on Tuesday.

US Lawmakers claim some Middle Eastern television networks repeatedly publish or broadcast violence against the United States and Americans.

The bill reads that such incitement poses danger to American soldiers and civilians in the region and at home, adding that they must be stopped.

It also calls for punitive measures for networks deemed to be fueling terror.

Hamas’s al-Aqsa TV and Hezbollah’s al-Manar television stations are among the networks that US lawmakers have described as terror-fueling.

President Obama now has six months to report “on anti-American incitement to violence in the Middle East,” to the congress.

The US Senate has yet to weigh in on the issue.

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