Journalist Ibrahim al-Amine is seen in Beirut, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Hezbollah criticized Tuesday Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi over his decision to refer a newspaper article about President Michel Sleiman to the prosecutor's office, saying such a measure was malicious and violated the freedom of expression.Rifi, a retired police chief and an outspoken critic of Hezbollah, is seen as a controversial figure by the party which vetoed a Cabinet proposal last year to extend his term as head of the Internal Security Forces.Earlier his week, the newly appointed justice minister referred an article published by the pro-Hezbollah Al-Akhabr newspaper to the prosecutor's office, arguing that Amine's piece was defamatory and insulted Sleiman and the presidency.
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