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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Over 100 protesters gathered outside the Justice Ministry Thursday to demonstrate against what they said was increasing repression of Lebanon's media and charges leveled against television presenter Marcel Ghanem.The demonstration was led by Forum Beirut, an organization founded six months ago with the aim of bringing a range of individuals together in pursuit of press freedom and defending Lebanon's Constitution.The demonstration was called in response to charges brought against Ghanem following comments made by two Saudi journalists on his TV show "Kalam Ennas".Charges were then leveled against Ghanem himself.However, the case was not brought under the Lebanese Publications Law, which prompted media commentators to suggest that the charges were illegitimate and motivated by "a personal vendetta".Indeed, a number of senior political figures have rallied in support of Ghanem.
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