BEIRUT: March 14 MP Marwan Hamadeh accused the editor-in-chief of a Al-Akhbar of making a death threat in an article published Monday.
The National News Agency reported that Hamadeh contacted Speaker Nabih Berri, Progressive Socialist party leader MP Walid Jumblatt, Information Minister Walid Daouk, Prosecutor General Judge Hatem Madi and Head of the Press Federation Mohammad Baalbaki to inform them of the content of the article.
Al-Akhbar newspaper editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin wrote an article entitled “The [Special] Tribunal [for Lebanon] is void and we will not remain silent” in which he slammed Hamadeh’s latest attack on the paper for publishing personal information of witnesses in the trial of the men allegedly involved in the assassination of late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Amin wrote a clear rebuttal to Hamadeh, without mentioning his name, saying that no matter what Hamadeh does to silence the newspaper, his efforts are in vain and his days numbered.
Hamadeh said in the statement that Ibrahim’s phrase, “your days are numbered,” is a clear death threat and asked for the newspaper and the writer to be held accountable.
In a separate statement, Baalbaki agreed that Amin’s words implicated a death threat and described them as a flagrant attempt to incite violence against the MP.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 22, 2013, on page 3.