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Hamas bans reality TV contestants

Organisers of the Palestinian version of American Idol say the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers have banned residents from participating in the popular reality show.

The ban appears to be a new attempt by Hamas to crack down on behaviour it sees as being contrary to its conservative interpretation of Islam.

Alaa al-Abed, the chief producer of the New Star programme, said that Hamas called the programme "indecent".

He said the edict would prevent Gaza's 12 contestants from competing in the upcoming second round of the competition.

The highly rated show is broadcast on satellite television in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel. It is in its third season.

There was no comment from Hamas.


From Belfast Telegraph