Press conference on broadcasting FIFA World Cup games in Lebanon, June 16, 2014.
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State television channel Tele Liban will air Monday night's World Cup matches, defying the exclusive broadcast rights obtained by Lebanese cable-providers."His excellency the minister of information considered this event [the World Cup] a 'force majeure'," said Talal Makdessi, chairman of Tele Liban, justifying his decision. He told The Daily Star that it was the right of every Lebanese citizen, in every village, to be able to watch the World Cup, and the only way to do that was through broadcasting on Tele Liban.Makdessi said that Tele Liban's broadcast of the World Cup is "for the people".
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