President Michel Aoun met with a delegation from the Lebanese Press Syndicate at the Presidential Palace on March 29, 2018 (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra HO)
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President Michel Aoun Thursday called on Lebanese journalists to appear in court when indicted, but acknowledged that the practice of prosecuting journalists for their work could be wrong.Lebanese journalist and researcher Hanin Ghaddar was sentenced to six months in prison in absentia by Lebanon's Military Tribunal on Jan. 10 for comments she made about the Army.Aoun also stated that the media has an essential role to play in society and in court cases, as they have the power to uncover innocence and shed light on perpetrators. The president criticized journalists for not talking more to experts.
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