First Published: 2007-06-15

 
Lebanon minister sues TV anchor over on-air gaffe
 

Fatfat angred by NBN’s Darweesh for saying he could be next politician to be killed on air.

 

Middle East Online

Fatfat: ‘a call to an assassination on a media outlet’

BEIRUT - Anti-Syrian Lebanese minister Ahmad Fatfat said on Friday he sued a television news anchor after she made unwitting remarks on air that he could be the next politician to be killed.

While covering the bomb blast that killed anti-Syrian lawmaker Walid Eido on Wednesday, an anchor on the NBN channel of pro-Syrian Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri ridiculed the incident and said Fatfat, the sports minister, would be next.

"I sued because there was an incitement and a call to an assassination on a media outlet," Fatfat said. "I am using the justice system because I consider it an excellent means of protection."

Sources at the television station said Darweesh was fired. In a statement released on Thursday, the station apologised for the "unintentional mistake" and said the incident "does not reflect at all the policies and views of the station".

"The station's administration affirms that it has taken swift measures against the wrongdoers and those responsible for this mistake."

There have been a string of political assassinations targeting anti-Syrian figures starting with the slaying of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in February 2005.

Television audiences could hear the anchor speaking to an off-screen man, saying: "Why were they late until they killed him?" and then both people laugh.

"We are not gloaters," the man says, to which the anchor replies, "It's not gloating, but we're tired of this. There's still Ahmed Fatfat, I'm counting them."

The off-screen man replies, "We still need ... four, five."

Anti-Syrian figures have blamed Damascus for the political killings, although Syria denies involvement. With Eido's assassination, the anti-Syrian coalition movement which holds parliamentary majority, slims to just four.

 

Obama to meet with generals planning IS assault

Erdogan: Turkey would welcome exiled Brotherhood leaders

UN brokers Israeli-Palestinian deal on Gaza reconstruction

World Bank calls for sweeping reforms in Tunisia

Scottish independence campaigners find support in Palestinian bagpipers

South Sudan to revoke expulsion of foreign workers

Algeria to tighten grip on imam training

Libya Islamists unleash another offensive on Benghazi airport

Iraqi bishop: Operations against IS in Iraq came very late

French parliament approves new anti-terror bill

Iraq parliament votes down PM's security nominees

Qaeda branches urge jihadists to unite against US

Despite war, South Sudan replaces foreign workers with locals

IS jihadists shoot down Syria warplane

Renegade former general claims air raid on Libya militia position

Six Egypt policemen in Sinai bomb attack

US warplanes carry out first strikes on IS near Baghdad

UEFA urged not to award 2020 European Championship to Israel

Israel sees future war with Hezbollah

Germany tries first 'Islamic State jihadist'

Egypt court bails top 2011 revolt activist

Iran rejected US request to cooperate against IS

Iran ridicules anti-jihadist international conference

Egypt textile factory collapse kills six

Mali separatists agree to speak with one voice

Qatar starts to curb Brotherhood’s activities

Coalition meets in Paris to plan fight against IS

Around 930 French citizens or residents involved 'in jihad' in Iraq, Syria

Yemen rebels, officials to meet with UN to end standoff

Qatar-based Egypt's Brotherhood leaders to relocate

Cameron chairs emergency meeting over British hostage beheading

Hollande defends arming Kurds against IS

43 Israeli soldiers condemn 'abuses' of Palestinians

Egypt urged to free more than 20 demonstrators

Turkey’s internet censored further

Tunisia Islamists clash with police in protest

10 Arab states agree to 'share' US-led fight against IS

Obama awaits Congress approval of Syria rebel aid

Hollande in Iraq to back new government

Lebanon to set up refugee camps along border with Syria

Russia slams unilateral US airstrikes on jihadists in Syria

Four Qaeda suspects in Yemen drone attack

Meshaal: Hamas may hold direct talk with Israel

UN Syria envoy says world must confront terrorist groups

Turkey refuses to allow US-led coalition to hit IS from its air bases