Who’s Protecting Lebanese Cameramen and Reporters?

LBCI’s cameraman Samir Baytamouni was attacked and crushed yesterday when he was filming a report on Mansouri’s turtle sanctuary and the development works round it. LBCI reporter Sobhiya Najjar fortunately managed to get the entire thing on digital camera and the police arrested the 36 yr previous man who assaulted them. LBCI’s crew needed to be escorted by the military intelligence out of the resort.

Sadly, this isn’t the primary time a cameraman is assaulted in Lebanon and Baytamouni particularly has been attacked and crushed no less than 4 instances earlier than again in 2015 in the course of the #YouStink protests and in 2016 throughout one other garbage-related protest. I additionally discovered an previous story from 2002 the place 6 photographers and cameremen, together with Samir Baytamouni, “had been assaulted by police on the website of a constructing that had simply collapsed, killing 4 individuals, in Beirut’s Marzraa neighborhood”.

Wanting on the video, Baytamouni might have been significantly injured if nobody had stopped this pathetic excuse for a human being and the reporters was additionally below risk. Are you able to think about what would have occurred if she took a punch within the face? In fact the person will probably be freed very quickly and so they’ll most likely declare he’s mentally deranged.

I’ve been which means to go to Mansouri and movie the turtles and the resort there however I’m having second doubts after what occurred.

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