Journalist Karma Khayat speaks at the STL in The Hague, Thursday, April 16, 2015. (The Daily Star/TV grab)
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The prosecution should apologize for targeting Lebanese journalists, Al-Jadeed news editor Karma Khayat told the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Thursday on the first day of her trial over carrying reports on alleged witnesses.Speaking after prosecutor Kenneth Scott accused Al-Jadeed of endangering lives by airing a series of reports in 2012 disclosing personal details of alleged witnesses, Khayat said the court was waging an "attack on investigative journalism". Last year, the court announced that it was also charging Khayat and Al-Jadeed's parent company, and Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar and its editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin, with obstruction of justice and contempt of court for reports carried on alleged prosecution witnesses.Reports such as those carried by Al-Jadeed hamper the court's ability to gather and collect evidence, Scott added.Khayat has said that the reports on the alleged witnesses were carried to alert the court of leaks.
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