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April 26, 2014

ILoubnan - Mohammad Mashnouk Cabinet committed to media freedom, April 26, 2014

Environment Minister Mohammad Mashnouk announced after the Cabinet session today that the decision of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to summon Lebanese journalists on charges of contempt, overshadowed today's talks.

He added that the Ministers were concerned about the freedom of the media, in accordance with the regulations and the Lebanese law. Therefore the Cabinet did not heed the prerogative of the STL, since this was an issue related to its bylaws.

"Prime Minister Tammam Salam said that the situation is good and that he expected that voices would be raised in favor of social requirements," said Mashnouk.

With regard to the presidential election, the Minister described the first round as "positive", hoping that the second round would be positive as well to elect a new President.

"On the security issue, the PM said the army will continue the implementation of the security plan in Tripoli, allowing a development in the city resulting from the progress in the security situation," he made clear.

Pertaining to Jal el Dib bridge issue, Mashnouk concluded that the studies have been prepared and the work will begin next week.

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