File - This Screen grab shows Karma Khayyat, deputee head of news at Al Jadeed TV, speaking during a hearing before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Hague, Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
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A judge at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon dismissed Thursday charges against the parent company of Al Jadeed TV, but the trial of the channel's top editor for allegedly undermining the work of the court will proceed.Judge Lettieri rejected over a dozen appeals sent by Lebanese, politicians, human rights groups and press associations calling on the STL to drop the charges against the TV station and its top editor.In their submissions before the court, the critics argued that the contempt case violated freedom of opinion and expression, that the tribunal did not have the authority to create new crimes such as contempt of court that were not in its founding documents, and that the STL was usurping the role of the Lebanese judiciary.Judge Lettieri defended the STL against the accusations, saying the court was not prosecuting the journalists because they had published confidential information, but because they had allegedly obstructed the course of justice and undermined the confidence of the public and of witnesses in the tribunal's ability to protect information.
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