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Lebanon: Mass for Bachir
September 14th, 2002 / 4:10PM
l’église Notre-Dame de la Médaille miraculeuse
au couvent des pères lazaristes, à Achrafieh, Lebanon

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Lahoud finally weighs in on MTV debacle
Wednesday, September 11, 2002 1:39 PM
In his first public response to last week’s closure of Murr Television, President Emile Lahoud said Tuesday that the controversy indicated “the need to resort to the law” or else see the relationship between state and society threatened by the “law of the jungle.”
Speaking to visitors at Baabda Palace, Lahoud said: “It is unacceptable for us to reject the law when it rules against us and consider the judge biased, and accept the law only when the magistrate rules in our favor.”
He told visitors that the country’s freedoms were not threatened while they fall under the law. But two former prime ministers, Rashid Solh and Salim Hoss, urged the judiciary to reverse its ruling.

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Lebanon: Mass for Martyrs
September 15th, 2002
St Elige church
Mayfouk, Lebanon

Contribution: Mamnou3 7hada yefta7 temmo!
Tuesday, September 10, 2002 11:51 PM
The Lebanese syrian puppet Goverment in Lebanon took it upon itself this past week to Shut down major TV outlets and radio station in which Lebanese Christians saw as there only way left of freedom of speeach and right to free expression as well.

After the shut down many Freedom lovers took to the streets and only to realise that the Puppet goverment had sold them out,the ISF beat them arrested them and banned all demonstrations so in other words u can not say ur opinion out loud anymore. All this while the goverment allows Hizzbullah supporters to do whatever they please and they allow them to demonstrate any where any time With arms not to mention sometimes it gets out of control and they end up beating the ISF and the goverment does NOTHING !!!!!!

Is this becoming a dictatorship???? We demand our freedoom. We demand our right to speak out. We demand that news agencies and goverments worldwide pay attention to what is going on and WE EXCPECT U TO NOT SIT THERE AND WATCH WE NEED UR SUPPORT NOW !!!!!!

Contribution by Lebanese Forces CS Clan

Canada: Mass for Bachir
September 15th, 2002 / 11:30AM
Couvent St-Antoine Le Grand
au 1520 ducharme,outremont
Montreal, Canada

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Meeting descends into Chaos as rivals
trade insults, blows
Tuesday, September 10, 2002 9:18 PM

The presence of pro-regime politicians at the rally for freedoms at the Press Federation sparked violent outrage among participants Monday, prompting observers to ask whether they had acted upon “orders from on high” in an attempt to quash the event.
The rally, which was scheduled to begin at 11am, was intended to show support for freedom of expression and opposition to the closure of Murr Television (MTV) last week, after the Publications Court ruled that the station had violated the election law during June’s Metn by-elections.
But the event quickly became a mud-slinging match between government supporters and the rally’s original participants, eventually degenerating into a scuffle between some of the politicians’ bodyguards and MTV employees.

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Stories from here and there...
Monday, September 9, 2002 6:40 PM

I recieved bits and pieces of news from different sources so this what i understood.

Today morning a fight broke out while they were meeting with the press. Naqabet al moharereen....Sleiyman Franjieh was there as was a lot of journalists and lawyers.

The fight broke out when Deputy Nasser Kaandile attacked and hit the President of the Press Federation, Mohammed Baalbaki. This caused havoc and things started getting out of hand. Franjieh even stood on a chair and tried to calm things down.

Also yesterday one of our sources was in Beirut. He was thrown onto the floor by the water cannons the riot police were using. Nadim Gemayel was near him. The guy got hit in his knees by the riot police and Nadim was also hit.

If anyone else has stories and even photos of whats going on, email it so I can post it on this site.

Syria's Supporters Sabotage Media Freedom Parley
Monday, September 9, 2002 5:58 PM
Syria's supporters turned out in force Monday to sabotage the Freedom Parley staged by the Press Association to deplore the closure of the MTV, the Beirut TV station that had long campaigned for a termination of Syria's tutelage over Lebanon.
Dozens of Syrian-backed parliamentarians, complete with noisy supporters and loud clappers, screamed in frenzy as Bar Association chiefs Raymond Shedid and Atoine Qlimos attacked the MTV closure as a judicial blunder.

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Demonstrators say ISF troopers beat them
Monday, September 9, 2002 1:31 PM

Two of several hundred demonstrators who marched toward the Beirut Central District in support of Murr Television on Saturday were hospitalized after allegedly being beaten by police.
Many others, including Jihad Murr, the son of Metn MP and main MTV shareholder Gabriel Murr, reportedly suffered bruises.

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Police Stun MTV Protestors With Water Hoses, Scare Downtown Cafes Sunday, September 8, 2002 1:28 PM
Riot police doused hundreds of demonstrators protesting MTV closure with water hoses in posh downtown Beirut late Saturday night and the media said Sunday several arrests have been made, including several from the station's staff.
The demonstration was made mostly of MTV employees and their families plus dozens of boisterous activists of Gen. Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement. They waved flags carrying the MTV logo with a caption that read "a free voice in defense of freedom."

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Australia: Mass for Bachir
September 14th, 2002 / 10:00AM
St Charbel's Church
42 Highclere Avenue
Punchbowl NSW 2196
Sydney, Australia
Phone: 9750 8455

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Dubai: Mass for Bachir
September 14th, 2002 / 8:00PM
St Mary Church
Dubai, UAE

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Freedom Battle Flares into Lahoud-Opposition
Open Collision
Saturday, September 7, 2002 1:41 PM
The freedom battle sparked by the MTV closure has spiraled into a frontal collision between President Lahoud's regime and the mainstream Christian opposition, which said the closure has revived public fears that Lebanon was headed toward a police state.
A statement by Qornet Shahwan coalition also suspended a projected national dialogue under Lahoud's sponsorship, saying it is "meaningless in the absence of media liberty," contending his regime was out to muzzle the media.

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Politicians slam MTV closure
Unusual show of unity sees broad rally for public freedoms
Friday, September 6, 2002 12:15 PM
Politicians who usually differ maintained a unified front on Thursday to rally around public freedoms and criticize the judiciary following Wednesday’s surprise shutdown of MTV.
A court decided on Wednesday to “permanently” close the station for violating the election law during June’s Metn by-election, won by station owner Gabriel Murr.

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Lebanese media fight TV station closure
Friday, September 6, 2002 12:25 PM

There have been angry reactions in Lebanon over a court order to close an independent television station - the main voice of the anti-Syrian Christian opposition.

Journalists' union, the Press Syndicate Council, is appealing against the court ruling to close the MTV station.

"If these efforts do not help find a solution in the next 48 hours, there will be an escalation," said union president, Mohamad Baalbaki.

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Press problems in Lebanon
Thursday, September 5, 2002 7:18 PM
I stumbled upon this site which had a "World Press Freedom Review" and found a section for Lebanon with a timeline dating from 1997 up to 2001 listing every incident the Lebanese Press has faced issues with the government. Its a very interesting read to show how much little freedom journalist in Lebanon have. Keep in mind that Lebanon supposingly has the freest press!

Fuck the government Thursday, September 5, 2002 6:15 PM

Lebanese security forces arrest an employee of the christian-owned MTV television station while raiding and closing the station September 4, 2002. Lebanese security forces raided and closed the MTV television station on Wednesday, after a court ruled it had violated broadcast laws with its coverage of an election seen as a referendum on Syria's domination of Lebanon. It was the latest step in a campaign by Lebanon's pro-Syrian judiciary and security forces against stations identified with Christian-based opposition to Syria's grip on Lebanon, where it has 20,000 troops and the last word politically.


MTV Takes Over ICN as Replica to
Imminently Return on Air
Thursday, September 5, 2002 5:47 PM
Henry Sfeir's ICN, which voluntarily folded last year for financial reasons, will go on TV airwaves anew beginning Thursday night or Friday as a replacement for the MTV, the opposition network which has been closed on Wednesday, reliable sources told Naharnet.
The MTV staff will re-operate the ICN with Sfeir's consent to serve as an MTV replica and beat the court verdict under which troops and police forcefully put the opposition station of newly-elected legislator Gabriel Murr, the sources said.

The Associated Press on Thursday quoted Prosecutor-General Adnan Addoum as saying the verdict that ordered MTV "complete shutdown" meant it was banned from the air "for good."

Addoum declined to elaborate beyond saying the verdict is appealable. Naharnet has learnt that Gabriel Murr's attorneys lodged an appeal on Thursday, demanding an immediate cancellation of the closure.

MTV Closed at Court Order, Putting Lebanon's Media Freedom in Peril Wednesday, September 4, 2002 6:56 PM
The MTV television network of opposition parliament member Gabriel Murr was shut down Wednesday after a press Court convicted the station of breaking the electoral law, which bans electioneering ads on TV airwaves....
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Violence erupts in Lebanese camp
Wednesday, September 4, 2002 5:45 PM

At least two Palestinians and a Lebanese soldier have been killed during a gunfight in al-Jalil refugee camp in Lebanon.

Many more were wounded in the fighting, and Lebanese tanks are still surrounding the camp, near the eastern town of Baalbek.

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Historical Fact:
The Massacre and Destruction of Damour

Wednesday, September 4, 2002 7:42 PM
On 9 January 1976, three days after Epiphany, the priest of Damour Father Mansour Labaky, was carrying out a Maronite custom of blessing the houses with holy water. As he stood in front of a house on the side of the town next to the Muslim village of Harat Na'ami, a bullet whistled past his ear and hit the house. Then he heard the rattle of machine-guns. He went inside the house, and soon learned that the town was surrounded. Later he found out by whom and how many -- the forces of Sa'iqa, consisting of 16,000 Palestinians and Syrians, and units of the Mourabitoun and some fifteen other militias, reinforced by mercenaries from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and a contingent of Libyans.

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Site Statistics Updated
Wednesday, September 4, 2002 7:32 PM
The site statistics for the month of August is now online. You can access it via the link on the left side of the site or by clicking here

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Bashir Gemayel’s son asks Sfeir to
lead memorial Mass
Saturday, August 31, 2002 9:02 PM

Nadim Gemayel, the son of late President-elect Bashir Gemayel, invited Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir to lead the Mass that will be held to mark the 20th anniversary of his father’s assassination on Sept. 14.
Gemayel, who visited Sfeir at Diman with his uncle Joseph Tutunji, the president of the Bashir Gemayel Foundation, said he supported all the prelate’s political positions. He added that he briefed Sfeir on problems facing Lebanese youth, especially those related to the increase of emigration, education and the lack of job opportunities. During his visit to Diman, Gemayel also met with a delegation of young people coming from Zahle to meet with Sfeir.

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