BEIRUT: First lady Wafaa Sleiman expressed her gratitude for journalists and media professionals, saying their constant efforts had produced honorable journalism.
Speaking at a lunch held under her patronage Thursday at Le Mallion restaurant in Ashrafieh in honor of journalists as part of the Martyrs of the Press Commemoration Day, Sleiman said: “You represent the public with your news and facts.”
“You stand as righteous people in the face of intimidations and temptations,” the first lady added.
She also emphasized the important and crucial role the media was playing in light of the rise of social media networks. Sleiman explained that any Lebanese can now become a source of information and spread news. She added that this fact presented journalists with the responsibility of publishing accurate news.
She called on members of media to adhere to the ethics of journalism, as Lebanon was in need of efforts by all its people to preserve coexistence.
Sleiman, who is also president of the National Commission for Women in Lebanon, said she was grateful for the media’s increasing interest in covering stories affecting women and urged journalists to continue to support women’s rights.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 10, 2014, on page 2.