Information Minister, Melhem Riachi, on Thursday solicited mediamen's support to his endeavours to amend the laws of the Editors' Syndicate and to render it the union they aspire for.
Minister Riachi's fresh words on Thursday came during his patronage of the "Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law", organized by the UNESCO Regional Office in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator in Lebanon, at UNESCO Beirut Office in Bir Hassan.
Riachi called on all Lebanese mediamen, in Lebanon and abroad, to stand by his side and support his endeavours to establish a new media syndicate that guarantees all their rights and secures their syndical immunity, in accordance with the internal statute of the new syndicate law which will be presented next week to the Council of Ministers to be referred later as a bill of motion to the Parliament.
The Gathering was attended by the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Bernell Dahler Cardel, University Media Faculties' professors and students, as well as media figures.
Marking World Press Freedom Day, Riachi underlined that mediamen should be free from any pressures, financial temptations, manipulation, fear and any sort of hegemony, whether they're practicing investigative press or any kind of media.
Riachi hoped that the Gathering will come out with real recommendations and a set of new definitions, which he vowed to relay to the Parliament, the Council of Ministers or the competent authorities to be put into effect.
Source: National News Agency