Opening Statement in the contempt case against Al Jadeed S.A.L./NEW T.V. S.A.L (N.T.V) and Journalist Karma Khayat. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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The controversial contempt case against Al-Jadeed TV and journalist Karma al-Khayat kicked off Thursday at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, with the defense maintaining the charges encroached on the freedom of press.In his opening statement, Scott said freedom of expression had limits. He insisted that the case against Al-Jadeed had nothing to do with the right to criticize the court, saying there was wide space for criticism. Rather, it was about protecting witnesses, their families and livelihoods and protecting the court's ability to gather and collect evidence, Scott added. The prosecutor said that the series broadcast on Al-Jadeed revealed information about the alleged witnesses such as their voices and their license plate numbers.As for the source of Al-Jadeed's information, Scott said leaks inside the court were never discovered, and accused the television station of a campaign to undermine the court by alleging leaks that did not exist.
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