Media ban during Lebanon's Cabinet meetings draws criticism

The controversial decision limits access to Cabinet members as they enter and leave their meeting, with Chidiac labeling it as a "repressive move which limits freedoms."
by Annahar Staff

8 March 2019 | 18:01

Source: by Annahar

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  • Last update: 8 March 2019 | 18:01

Lebanese President Michel Aoun heads the first meeting of the new Lebanese cabinet in Baabda, Lebanon, February 2, 2019. (AP)

BEIRUT: May Chidiac, the Minister of Administrative Development, blasted Thursday a decision to ban journalists from communicating with Cabinet members during meetings at Lebanon's presidential palace.

The controversial decision limits access to Cabinet members as they enter and leave Cabinet meetings.

Chidiac labeled the decision as a "repressive move which limits freedoms."

The President's office released a statement claiming that the decision is aimed at "organizing the media's work rather than prevent their access to ministers."

"Journalists must raise their voice and unite," Chidiac said, adding that ministers who want to leak information can continue to do so despite the ban.

Lebanese officials have faced criticism over their crackdown on press freedom, especially in the lead up to last year's parliamentary elections.  

Authorities had summoned two leading talk show hosts to court over on-air remarks and sentenced an analyst to jail for comments she made in Washington about the Lebanese army.


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