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“Latinos have been part of American history since before there were 13 Colonies,” she said.

The sprawling project includes an advisory panel of academics from across the country and 15 other producers and assistants.

Ms. Bosch said she hoped both non-Latinos and Latinos seeking to learn about their heritage will tune in. The project will have a companion book, a bilingual website and a school curriculum tied to its findings. “We don’t want this to end with the broadcast,” she said.

Tunisian TV station owner fined for airing ‘Persepolis’

A Tunisian court on Thursday slapped a small fine on the owner of the private Nessma television station for undermining morality and public order by screening the film “Persepolis,” which showed depictions of God.

The case was seen as a key test of media freedom in Tunisia since the ousting of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011. Press watchdogs and the U.S. ambassador to Tunis warned it raised concerns about tolerance and free speech in the post-revolution era.

Last year, Nabil Karoui broadcast the award-winning Franco-Iranian film that recounts the Iranian revolution and its aftermath through the eyes of a young girl, and which includes a drawing of Allah, an act considered blasphemy by Sunni Muslims.

The screening prompted attacks on the station’s offices and Mr. Karoui’s home by activists linked to Salafism, a conservative strand of Islam.

In its ruling, the court ordered Mr. Karoui to pay $1,700 for “broadcasting a film that disturbs public order and threatens proper morals.”

Mr. Karoui was not in court for the judgment, but later told AFP he was saddened by the court’s decision and how it reflected on a country still in flux after toppling an entrenched dictatorship and sparking the Arab Spring.

Compiled from Web and wire reports.