Culture Minister Raymond Areiji arrives at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Censorship has no place in the Lebanese cultural milieu, Culture Minister Raymond Areiji told The Daily Star Monday.The Zghorta native revealed that his ministry was working on an ambitious new website that would feature more than 1,000 works by Lebanese "grand masters".Areiji is applying his 25-year career in law to his new post as minister.Since the war erupted, Areiji said that the smuggling of Syrian antiques across Lebanese border has become an increasingly serious issue.The Syrian war has negatively impacted Lebanese artists.While Layoun faced allegations of using his post for personal gain, Areiji said he has seen no evidence of malfeasance since he took over the post in February.
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