Kataeb's Media Council Slams Lawsuits Against Journalists as Attempt to Rein in Free Media

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Kataeb's Media Council Slams Lawsuits Against Journalists as Attempt to Rein in Free Media

Kataeb's Media Council condemned attempts to dash the freedom of expression in Lebanon, deeming the lawsuit filed by the Lebanese University President Fouad Ayyoub against Voice of Lebanon radio host Nawal Lichaa Abboud as a desperate bid to rein in the media.

“It is a failed attempt to subdue free media and free journalists to succumb in order to marginalize the other's opinion and continue imposing a new identity for Lebanon," the council said in a statement.

"The Kataeb party will stand against any repressive or eliminatory approach,” it affirmed.

Voice of Lebanon radio presenter Nawal Lichaa Abboud has been referred to the Publications Court based on a lawsuit filed by the Lebanese University president over an episode she had hosted to discuss the conditions of the state-run academic establishment.

The Council also denounced a previous lawsuit pressed against Kataeb website writer Sonia Rizk over an article she had written, and posted on the Kataeb.org website, about the corrupt behavior of a minister's adviser.

“The Kataeb party assures that it will follow up on this case, and any other similar ones, to preserve public freedoms and to safeguard the dignity of free journalists," the statement stressed. "The party will remain, as it has always been, at the vanguard of those who advocate the cases of justice, righteousness, and freedom."

Source: Kataeb.org