Lebanon News

Al Jadeed had no criminal intent: media official

File - Abdel-Hadi Mahfouz, the head of Lebanon’s National Audiovisual Media Council, is seen in this Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 photo. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Abdel-Hadi Mahfouz, the head of Lebanon’s National Audiovisual Media Council, took the stand at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Wednesday in the contempt case against Al Jadeed TV and journalist Karma Khayat.

Mahfouz, the second witness to appear for the defense, endured a long cross-examination by amicus curiae prosecutor Kenneth Scott. Throughout the day Mahfouz repeatedly accused Scott of manipulating his statements while Scott grew frustrated by Mahfouz’s lengthy and often digressive answers.

Scott questioned Mahfouz about a letter he sent to Prime Minister Tammam Salam asserting that he “did not find that Al Jadeed violated any provision” when it aired a controversial TV series about the STL in August 2012.

Khayat and Al Jadeed have been accused by the STL of intentionally trying to undermine the court by broadcasting a television series about witnesses who were allegedly slated to appear before the tribunal.

Mahfouz reiterated in court that he was convinced Al Jadeed “did not have a criminal intent when they were doing their work.”

After Mahfouz finished his testimony, Lebanese Judge Charbel Abou Samra took the stand. He discussed a meeting with the head of TV news at Al Jadeed, Mariam al-Bassam, and the media group’s lawyer, Maya Habli. Bassam had initially thought her name had been forged on a document related to the contempt case but later “withdrew their complaint,” Samra told the court.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 14, 2015, on page 3.




Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)

comments powered by Disqus



Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here