Pharaon defends freedom of action of Miss Lebanon

JANUARY 23, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON)Tourism Minister, Michel Pharaon, held a press conference on Friday dedicated to the fuss recently stirred when a photo of Miss Lebanon circulated in social media along side Miss Israel, stating that the Lebanese beauty queen retains freedom to act responsibly and will not be stripped of her title.

During a Miss Universe pageant held in Miami, Florida in the United States, Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, took a slefie with Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan, as well as Miss Israel. This caused commotion among some Lebanese media, prompting Greige to explain that Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, had “photobombed” the picture and was not meant to be in it.

Pharaon asserted that there were “no bad intentions” behind the photo, and that Miss Lebanon continued to present her country’s message of peace and beauty to the world.

“We know the ethical and moral standing of our queen…and in light of the information occurring in western social media, the queen must continue her duties in the pageant.”

The case would remain open until Greige’s return from Miami. However, Pharaon confirmed there was no need for punitive action against her.

SOURCE: National News Agency- Lebanon