Journalist Ibrahim al-Amine attends a ceremony in Beirut, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Beirut Publications Court issued a number of punitive measures against journalists Monday in rulings that included cases involving former President Michel Sleiman and the Lebanese Forces, the state-run National News Agency reported.In another ruling, the court acquitted the now-shuttered As-Safir newspaper, but fined journalists Ghasseb al-Mukhtar and Abdel-Rahim Shalha LL10 million each in a case brought against them by the Lebanese Forces.The court also fined journalist Maria Maalouf LL6 million in a slander lawsuit brought by Jordanian businessman Hussein Asmeik, who filed the suit after Maalouf published an article titled "Hussein Asmeik, the savior of Egypt or champion of money laundering".
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