BEIRUT: The head of the Association of Jewelers in Tripoli has denied that any jewelry seller in the city were prevented from selling Christian crosses and icons.
In a news conference Thursday, Khaled al-Namel criticized media outlets for publishing reports that affected the reputation of the city and specifically that of the jewelry market in Tripoli.
“I have been working in the market for 60 years, and this is the first time I have heard any such claims,” Namel said, stressing that the reports “harm the city and coexistence among its people.”
He denied that any jewelry seller had been threatened in Tripoli, calling on media outlets to commit to “accuracy and caution” while reporting and to “take into consideration the source of the news.”
Lebanon’s Ad-Diyar newspaper said Thursday that young Salafist men had threatened jewelry sellers in Tripoli over selling such products.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 15, 2014, on page 2.