Hariri aide files law­suit against MTV CEO

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

BEIRUT: Prime Min­is­ter Saad Hariri’s ad­viser on Syr­ian refugees an­nounced Thurs­day that he is fil­ing a law­suit against MTV Lebanon. The fol­low­ing is a state­ment from Hariri’s me­dia of­fice:

Nadim Munla is su­ing MTV, or Murr TV, and its CEO Michel Gabriel Murr, for a re­port aired on its nightly news bul­letin ac­cus­ing Munla of em­bez­zling in­ter­na­tional funds meant for Syr­ian refugees and its host com­mu­ni­ties in Lebanon.

Ad­dress­ing Murr specif­i­cally, Munla re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment: Your tele­vi­sion sta­tion in its nightly news bul­letin on Oct. 11, 2017, talked about me per­son­ally and about my of­fi­cially ap­pointed role as ad­viser to Prime Min­is­ter Saad Hariri for refugee af­fairs. It was a re­port that had fab­ri­cated, in­cor­rect and false information you used to al­low a for­mer min­is­ter [Wi’am Wah­hab] who has de­voted him­self to abuse ev­ery­thing re­lated to the prime min­is­ter. And you re­cruited him on your sta­tion to pro­mote noth­ing other than slan­der, harm to my in­tegrity and to [doubt] the re­spon­si­bil­ity of my [job].

The au­thor, re­porter and pub­lisher of the re­port have de­lib­er­ately ac­cused me of us­ing and ex­ploit­ing do­nated funds from donor coun­tries meant for Syr­ian refugees, and this a charge that is more than just fab­ri­cated, flawed, im­moral and in­ap­pro­pri­ate for a tenth-tier me­dia es­tab­lish­ment ... an in­sti­tu­tion, which has a spe­cial place in the me­dia sec­tor.

In light of this, it’ s im­por­tant for your in­sti­tu­tion to know the fol­low­ing:

1. I, nei­ther di­rectly nor in­di­rectly, have any­thing to do with any money re­lated to the Syr­ian refugees and no one in Hariri’s of­fice has any­thing to do with this mat­ter. As I also have noth­ing to do with any con­tracts or agree­ments with any mer­chants, su­per­mar­kets or sup­pli­ers, which is the ex­clu­sive role of the United Na­tions. These words, ru­mors and lies fall within the scope of defama­tion and harm to the rep­u­ta­tion and dig­nity of the peo­ple tar­geted by the re­port.

2. The re­port is a re­sult of the imag­i­na­tion of those who de­cided to broad­cast it for purely per­sonal rea­sons to de­fame and mis­rep­re­sent [me] and I know that CEO Michel Gabriel Murr knows these per­sonal rea­sons very well, and I will not go into more de­tail for now be­cause of my re­spect for the Le­banese public opin­ion.

3. I do not hold any of the staff mem­bers, di­rec­tors, edi­tors or pro­duc­ers in the news­room of the sta­tion re­spon­si­ble for the con­tent of this re­port, and they are all col­leagues we re­spect. I am cer­tain that they are pro­fes­sional and this re­port con­tra­dicts their eth­i­cal and pro­fes­sional prin­ci­ples, and the main re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with the CEO. As a re­sult of this: 1. I, Nadim Munla, the per­son of the ac­cu­sa­tions raised by the MTV re­port, call for the re­port to be raised to the Public Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice, and I place my­self at the dis­posal of the ju­di­ciary to in­ves­ti­gate all those in­volved in the prepa­ra­tion of the re­port, first CEO Michel Gabriel Murr.

2. I have be­gun fil­ing a law­suit of al­le­ga­tions, defama­tion and smear against MTV CEO and any other per­son who is shown to have played a part in this mat­ter. –

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