BEIRUT: Al-Manar appointed Ibrahim Farhat as director-general of the Hezbollah-affiliated television station Thursday, an official at the channel confirmed to The Daily Star. Farhat is the former director of public relations at the channel.
His predecessor, Abdallah Qasir, resigned from his post as head of the station in December in the wake of a controversy over a public apology by the Lebanese Communication Group, the parent company of Al-Manar and Al-Nour radio station, for its coverage of Bahrain’s anti-government protests. The apology was disavowed by Hezbollah.
Al-Manar declined to say whether the resignation and new appointment were linked to the incident.
The public apology was issued during a meeting of the Arab States Broadcasting Union in Tunis in December and published by the Bahrain News Agency.
Hezbollah responded by saying it was not responsible for the apology and reaffirmed its “support for the oppressed people of Bahrain,” adding that it would later decide the fate of the Al-Manar delegation that issued the statement to the small Gulf country.
“The stance that was taken by the delegation representing the Lebanese Communication Group was its own and the Hezbollah leadership was not consulted over the issue,” the party said at the time.