BEIRUT: Lebanon's Military Tribunal has dropped Lebanese journalist Hanin Ghaddar's six-month prison sentence, referring her case to the court of publications where she will be represented by her attorney.
Ghadir was tried in absentia in January 2018 and sentenced to six months in prison on charges of defamation against the Lebanese Army.
In the wake of the tribunal's decision, supporters of Ghaddar took to Twitter to express their outrage at the case, labeling an attack on freedom of speech.
"Lebanese decline in freedom of expression continues,” said fellow Lebanese journalist Joyce Karam, while her Washington Institute colleague Robert Satloff denounced “this outrageous verdict and what passes for justice in Lebanon."
Ghaddar, the former managing editor of NOW News in Beirut, has been embroiled in controversy since her 2014 criticism of Hezbollah’s military intervention in Syria.
During a 2014 panel discussion put together by the Washington Institute titled ‘Syria and Its Repercussions’, Ghaddar made comments suggesting that the Lebanese army distinguishes between "Sunni and Shia Terror," and tolerates Hezbollah, triggering an outcry from certain Lebanese publications.
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