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CPJ: Lebanese authorities should take steps to ensure the safety of journalists

CPJ: Lebanese authorities should take steps to ensure the safety of journalists

Committee to Protect Journalist , Said: Lebanese authorities should immediately investigate yesterday’s attack on the independent TV channel Al-Jadeed, bring those responsible to justice, and take steps to ensure the safety of journalists operating in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

A crowd of approximately 300 people, some waving flags of the Lebanese political party Amal, surrounded Al-Jadeed’s office in Beirut early yesterday evening and attacked the building with fireworks, firebombs, and rocks, the news website Ya Libnan reported. At least one police officer was lightly injured dispersing the crowd, according to press reports. Video footage posted to YouTube by Al-Jadeed journalist Ramez El-Kadi showed the building’s smashed front windows smashed and debris scattered around the entrance, as well as the remains of firebombs.

“Those who perpetrated the shameful attack on the broadcaster Al-Jadeed’s Beirut office should be brought to swift justice to show that attacks on the media will not be tolerated in Lebanon.

 CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour said from Washington, D.C. “Lebanese authorities should take steps to ensure the safety of journalists, and political leaders should unequivocally condemn any and all attacks against the press.”



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