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The Russian TV company that airs the U.S. animated comedy
The Russian TV company that airs the U.S. animated comedy show South Park has filed a suit at an arbitration court against allegations of promoting extremism, the 2x2 channel said on Friday.

In early September, Russian prosecutors upheld a complaint from a religious group against the adult-oriented cartoon network, which also broadcasts The Simpsons, Stewie Griffin, Metalocalypse, Lenore, the Cute Little Dead Girl, for their "overt propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia." The 2x2 company was issued with a warning and the case was referred to court.

"The warning, contested by the 2x2 channel, violates business activity rights, as it groundlessly poses obstacles to promoting video materials that in our opinion cannot be classified as extremist," the statement said.

The channel faced similar accusations in March 2008, when Russian Protestant leaders submitted a request to the Prosecutor General's Office asking for the channel's license to be revoked, saying it "promotes immorality and violence."

In February 2008, Rossvyazokhrankultura, a regulatory body for television in Russia, issued warnings to the channel over the 'Happy Tree Friends' and 'The Adventures of Big Jeff' cartoon series, recommending that cease broadcasting them to avoid legal problems.


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