Freedom of Expression Above All

Whether or not you want Marcel Ghanem or not, I believe we are able to all agree that he’s the very best TV host now we have in Lebanon and that his present is among the many hottest and revered amongst Lebanese and is manner forward of the competitors. This being stated, I used to be fairly shocked to listen to that he’s being legally pursued due to his Saudi visitors on final week’s episode.

I watched the episode and located the 2 Saudi journalists to be conceited and disrespectful and I do imagine Marcel ought to have reacted in a greater manner however this doesn’t justify in any respect any authorized actions towards his present. The truth is, and ever since Hariri’s sudden resignation, it was nice seeing how free and open our press has been in asking questions, expressing opinions and selling crucial pondering. Furthermore, I believe we should always host extra overseas journalists and officers in order that Lebanese understand that nobody cares about us and that we should always put our nation’s curiosity above all and maintain accountable officers who don’t.

Freedom of the press is among the only a few issues that we are able to nonetheless brag about in Lebanon, although it’s removed from being good, and the very last thing we want are measures that might compromise this freedom and all others. The true drawback lies not in defending freedom of expression, however understanding that this could not come on the expense of different civil rights. Historical past has taught us that the authorities use their energy to censor or label speech selectively and unpredictably. This has been illustrated within the ongoing arrest of on-line activists and journalists over Fb statements; whereas politicians or sure media retailers inciting hate speech are left unscathed.

Take a look at Marcel’s intro:

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