Special Tribunal for Lebanon spokesperson Marten Youssef speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Friday, May 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon's decision to prosecute Lebanese journalists is a message to witnesses that the court will protect them, the tribunal's spokesman told The Daily Star Friday.Marten Youssef said both Al-Jadeed TV and Al-Akhbar newspaper had agreed to participate in an initial hearing Tuesday ahead of a trial for contempt, over the decision by the two outlets to publish personal details of individuals they said were court witnesses. Youssef also said the hearing is a platform for the two outlets to weigh in on allegations that they deliberately interfered with the administration of justice by intimidating witnesses. The allegations are linked to two articles by Al-Akhbar and video reports by Al-Jadeed containing information on alleged witnesses in the case.The court has so far heard the testimony of 15 prosecution witnesses.Youssef said this proved the tribunal did not want to silence its Lebanese critics, but to protect witnesses from intimidation.
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