Press Federation President Mohammad Baalbaki attends a press conference in Beirut, Friday, April 15, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahamad Azakir)
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Former chair of the Press Federation Mohammad Baalbaki passed away Wednesday at the age of 96, prompting a flood of reactions by officials who mourned him. Born in Beirut in 1921, Baalbaki served as the Federation's head during the period from 1982 until 2014 . President Michel Aoun mourned the loss of Baalbaki, praising the late head for elevating Lebanon on the journalism scene.Prime Minister Saad Hariri also paid tribute to Baalbaki, saying Lebanon has lost an important figure.Baalbaki was mourned by current head of the Press Federation and Editor-in-chief of daily Ash-Sharq newspaper Aouni al-Kaaki, who said the former head was fully dedicated to the federation and to Lebanese journalism.
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