London Press Club members and supporters are invited to a unique press freedom event in central London tomorrow afternoon (March 17) featuring the Al Jadeed television network.
The pan-Arab broadcaster made headlines last week when host Rima Karakai cut off an Islamist preacher who had told her to be silent. Karakai will be joined by colleaguesKarma Khayat and Dimitri Khodr at BMA House (Tavistock Square, WC1H 9JP) tomorrow at 2.30pm, alongside representatives from the Media Council of Lebanon, Freedom Now and Reporters Without Borders. They will be discussing a contempt charge made at the Hague against Khayat and Al Jadeed by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) relating to a documentary they made on STL’s failure to bring to justice those who assassinated former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.
Al Jadeed believe their film was in the public interest, not least as the identities of the witnesses were anonymously leaked from within the Tribunal to Al-Jadeed and to other media outlets (one of which is subject to a similar charge). In their film they pixelated faces, muffled voices and withheld names in order to fully protect their identities. Places are free but limited and can be reserved by emailing email@example.com.