BEIRUT: A delegation from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon investigating local news outlets over the publication of a list of alleged court witnesses met with a top media official Tuesday to discuss the case.
The delegation discussed whether the Lebanese National Media Council has authority over media outlets that publish names of alleged witnesses and if it can pursue the source of such a leak, council chief Abdul-Hadi Mahfouz said.
The media regulator asked local outlets to “respect the confidentiality of information,” Mahfouz said. The STL is tasked with prosecuting those responsible for the Feb. 14, 2005, attack that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others.
“By order of the STL President, all matters related to the amicus curiae investigation are confidential at this time,” court spokesman Marten Youssef said in a statement to The Daily Star, referring to the media investigation.
“I am not in a position to confirm or deny any of the reported material you are referring to.”