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| 17 June 2021, Thursday | النسخة العربية

Information Minister: For media professionals to be builders of moral walls, bridges of communication

Caretaker Minister of Information, Dr. Manal Abdel Samad Najd, tweeted Sunday on the role of media professionals in wake of the prevailing challenges, saying: “Lebanon, which suffers an economic and financial crisis that the World Bank ranks among the 3 worst global crises since the mid-19th century, needs today all its media cadres, who are committed to its advancement and are free from restrictions. Media personnel are creators of events and public opinion, and must be the builders of moral walls and bridges of professional communication.”

She added in a second tweet: “I know the magnitude of the challenges facing the media sector in Lebanon, and that many media institutions are threatened with closure due to the economic crisis, and that journalists working in them are threatened with dismissal. I assure you that the Ministry of Information is concerned with the health and safety of this sector, just like the owners of media outlets and media figures.”

In a third tweet, Abdel Samad wrote: “But our country, which suffers from all kinds of unprecedented crises, and despite its inability to secure financial resources for its media at the present time, can still secure legal immunities through a modern media law that respects international conventions, responsible freedom and the principle of media unity and the unity of organizational reference.”