Journalist Marcel Ghanem interviews Prime Minister Najib Mikati, unseen, at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Two high-profile cases involving Lebanese media advanced through the courts Monday, with a prominent television presenter facing charges for comments made on his talk show and the ownership of independent news outlet LBCI being contested. Mount Lebanon Investigative Judge Nicolas Mansour issued a warrant of imperative attendance for Lebanese television presenter Marcel Ghanem after he did not appear in court Monday.The Internal Security Forces will act on these orders, if necessary, to bring Ghanem to a court hearing scheduled for Jan. 4, a judicial source told The Daily Star.In November, Mount Lebanon Attorney General Judge Ghada Aoun charged Ghanem with contempt and obstruction of justice after he was accused of criticizing both the judiciary and the justice minister on his weekly talk show "Kalam Ennas," in an episode broadcast on Nov. 16 .Ghanem had been scheduled to appear at a hearing with the judge last week; however, he did not attend on the basis that he needed time to put forth a preliminary defense, he said, according to the judicial source.Judge Mansour postponed the hearing until Monday. The judge then said that the papers could not be handed in if Ghanem did not attend.
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