Wave of cases against press con­tin­ues

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Mar­cel Ghanem, the host of a pop­u­lar po­lit­i­cal TV show, ap­peared in a Baabda court on Fe­bru­ary 16 to face charges of con­tempt of court and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice. The charges stemmed from a Novem­ber episode of Ghanem’s show, “Kalam En­nas,” in which Ghanem crit­i­cized the Le­banese ju­di­ciary and the jus­tice min­is­ter. In the show, he had been dis­cussing charges that were filed against two Saudi guests who had crit­i­cized the Le­banese pres­i­dent in a pre­vi­ous episode. Ghanem was re­leased af­ter ques­tion­ing and is await­ing a po­ten­tial in­dict­ment as of this writ­ing. The charges against the TV host are the most re­cent in a se­ries of cases that have tar­geted jour­nal­ists, com­men­ta­tors, and an­a­lysts, in­clud­ing the co­me­dian Hicham Had­dad and Hanin

Ghad­dar, a US-based re­searcher who was sen­tenced in ab­sen­tia to a six-month prison sen­tence on charges of in­sult­ing the army.

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