Lebanon News

Judicial council fines Al-Akhbar, journalist

BEIRUT: The Higher Judicial Council denounced Tuesday what they described as a media campaign against the judiciary, following a sentence issued by the Publications Court against the Al-Akhbar newspaper. 

The Publications Court issued a ruling in which it fined Al-Akhbar and journalist Mohamed Nazzal LL39 million for a story published on May 30, 2013, that used inflammatory language against judges and security officers, accusing them of corruption and protecting gangs. 

After the ruling was made public, several media outlets and activists launched a campaign in support of Nazzal. 

“The campaign against the judiciary and specific judicial rulings are unjustified and are in breach of the norms that govern relations between the judiciary and the active components in society,” the statement said. 

“There are several methods of objecting to the ruling and this is the best way for the citizens to maintain their rights.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 05, 2014, on page 4.




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