Posters in support of the two summonned journalists are plastered across Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Even Hezbollah officials, who routinely ignore the court, have weighed in to express solidarity with the journalists, with MP Hasan Fadlallah saying the court is overstepping its bounds and repressing freedoms.While most experts contend that publishing names of alleged witnesses is an egregious offense that deserves prosecution and has precedents in other international courts, others said the court should identify the real sources of leaks that can endanger individuals.Their trial began in absentia in January.Last week, the U.N.-backed court accused the two editors of contempt and obstructing justice after their outlets published a list of alleged STL witnesses in reports last year. The STL has never acknowledged whether the names of any of the alleged witnesses are genuine, but said the disclosure may endanger the safety of individuals rumored to be witnesses, whether or not they testify, the court says. The court, which prosecuted war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Balkans in the 1990s, also convicted journalists for contempt after disclosing details or testimony of protected witnesses.
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