BEIRUT: Hezbollah said late Sunday it has nothing to do with an apology issued by the party’s affiliated media outlets over their coverage of news in Bahrain during a meeting of the Arab States Broadcasting Union.
“The stance taken by the delegation representing the Lebanese Communication Group was its own and Hezbollah leadership was not consulted over the issue,” Hezbollah said in a statement, affirming that the party will maintain its support of the “oppressed Bahraini people’s cause.”
“Our support of the oppressed people of Bahrain did not change at all, we consider that the Bahraini authorities are being unjust to the people and depriving them from their simple right of taking part in the political life,” the statement said.
The Bahrain News Agency published what it said was the original copy of the apology which was issued by the Lebanese Communication Group, the mother company of both Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar television and Al-Nour radio station.
The Lebanese Communication Group had confirmed its commitment to remain objective in future coverage of news in the Arab world and to respect to professional standards.
It also said it would re-evaluate its editorial policies to ensure compliance with international agreements and vowed to work on maintaining good relations with Arab countries, particularly Bahrain.
The statement was read by the ASBU Director Salaheddine Maaoui during the union’s 90th General Assembly meeting which took place on Saturday.
Hezbollah said that the apology should go for “the Bahraini people who has showed rare patience for over two years and a half in light of the oppression practiced by the authorities.”
The party also accused Bahraini authorities of intimidating anyone who supports the Bahraini people.
“The threat, intimidation and unjust accusation practiced by the authorities in Bahrain against anyone on the side of the Bahraini people and their just cause is further evidence of the inability of the ruling authorities to engage in dialogue with the people,” the statement said.