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Hezbollah appoints new media officer

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah speaks during a ceremony in Beirut's southern suburbs, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah has reshuffled its press officers, appointing Mohammad Afif as the party's new media officer to replace Ibrahim Musawi.

Afif is known to be Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah's media adviser.

A report published Thursday by pro-Hezbollah newspaper Al-Akhbar said the decision was made by the party’s Shura Council.

It said Afif had held the position of the party's media officer in the past before taking over the management of Al-Manar TV. Afif oversaw the coverage of the 2006 war with Israel, when Al-Manar's headquarters was leveled but the station kept on broadcasting from a secret location.

Former Hezbollah media relations officer Ibrahim Musawi has been appointed Al-Manar’s deputy director, the report said.

Al-Akhbar said the reshuffling would also see changes in Al-Manar’s news, political and resistance-related programs, particularly after merging ground and aerial transmission.

Earlier this year, Al-Manar's Director General Abdallah Qassir left his position earlier this year after a public apology for the TV's coverage of the Bahraini anti-government protests, an apology that was disavowed by Hezbollah. Qassir was replaced by Ibrahim Farhat.

This article was amended on Thursday, July 17 2014

This story originally stated that Mohammad Afif had been appointed as Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah's media adviser. He was appointed as the media officer for Hezbollah.




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