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Journalists, Press unions to boycott Martyrs Day commemoration in protest

President of the Journalist's Union Elias Aoun, center left, attends a meeting in Beirut, Friday, June 1, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The heads of the Press Federation and Journalists Union will avoid the Martyrs of the Press Day commemoration over the government’s failure to rehabilitate tombs of press martyrs.

Mohammad Baalbaki and Elias Aoun issued a joint statement saying they would not attend the commemoration after Beirut’s mayor Bilal Hamad and resigned Governor Nasif Qalloush turned down their request to rehabilitate the tombs in the Beirut neighborhood of Tallet al-Druze.





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