Jreij: Prior notice is mandatory to electronic sites

JANUARY 28, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Minister of Information, Ramzi Jreij, on Wednesday maintained that prior notice was mandatory for those wishing to establish electronic news sites, considering this step as an entry to obtain a license in the future.

The Minister explained that as per the new law, if endorsed, electronic media would not be requesting a license, but only prior notice which is tantamount to “an implicit license.”

Jreij made these remarks during a meeting for the National Audio-Visual Media Council, at the Ministry of Information, in presence of the Council’s Head Abdul Hadi Mahfouz, the Ministry’s Director General Hassan Falha, National News Agency Director Laure Sleiman Saab, and the Minister’s Advisor André Qassass, as well as a panel of representatives of the Lebanese news sites.

“In journalism, we do not differentiate between an independent newspaper and another one that is affiliated to a political movement (…) categorization among the sites is between those with known directors who can be held accountable, and those with an unidentified head,” Jreij indicated.

He concluded that nothing preventing the drafting of an honor pact special to the electronic media.

SOURCE: National news agency – Lebanon