Lebanese actor Ziad Itani. Photos by Mahmoud Kheir
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The way the media has presented the Ziad Itani-Maj.It is a delicate and complex episode in the annals of Lebanon's judiciary and it risks spiraling out of control as critics recklessly intensify the issue by bringing sectarianism into play, appointing themselves judge and jury, and before the relevant bodies have even come to any conclusions.If not checked and wound back immediately, injecting sectarian venom into the discourse risks the issue taking on a life of its own, with all the potentially lethal consequences this could have on Lebanon and its people.The international community needs to see that Lebanon is keeping up its end of the bargain and is doing all it can to undertake positive reforms and promote stability – including by supporting an independent judiciary – and is not spinning out of control.
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