After media ban, US Ambassador to Lebanon says focus should be on economy

Earlier in the day, a Lebanese Judge in Tyre issued an order banning Lebanon-based local and international media outlets from interviewing Shea.
by Annahar Staff

27 June 2020 | 21:29

Source: by Annahar

  • by Annahar Staff
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 27 June 2020 | 21:29

picture shows U.S ambassador Dorothy Shea. (Annahar Photo)

BEIRUT: US Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea said Saturday a judge order banning media outlets from interviewing her might be reversed.

Earlier in the day, a Lebanese Judge in Tyre issued an order banning Lebanon-based local and international media outlets from interviewing Shea.

The order comes in the wake of Shea’s comments with the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya's Al Hadath TV, where she accused Hezbollah of hampering economic reforms and signaled potential U.S sanctions on the Shiite party's allies.

When asked whether the decision was politically motivated, Shea told Annahar that regardless of the motives, it was unfortunate to see such actions taking place as it threatens the freedom of expression.

"Fortunately, I learned from the Lebanese government that a step will be taken in this regard, and I believe that the decision would be reversed," Shea said.

Shea added that the authorities’ focus should be on the economic crisis, and for the people to exercise their right to freedom of expression."

Shea called for civilized discussions and to refrain from making threats and warnings.

Quoting the judge's decision, the National News Agency reported that media outlets, which violate the order, will be shut for a one-year period and will be subject to a $200000 fine.

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