4.1.07

Deeming Firas Hatoum






What is all this fuss about supporting Mr Firas Hatoum? How did they pull us into this insanity? Why are we supposed to support a jouranlist who broke and entered into the private properties of murder witnesses, tampered with evidence in order to get some sort of a cheap “scoupe”? And New TV wants to make a living martyr out of a pseudo-journalist. I believe that we should all stand against this blasphemy! Every person who signs this petition would be insulting the memory of Samir Kassir and Gebran Tweini, because this is not distinguished journalism, this is not the reason why Samir and Gebran were murdered and you do not get special awards and medals from doing such irresponsible actions. Outlawed tabloid journalists and paparazzis do not deserve the support of the free people of Lebanon.

Although I do not wish for Firas to stay in jail, I think that a petition should be created (and spread all over the Blogosphere) that deems Firas Hatoum’s actions and consider him as a disgrace to the Lebanese press and media and demand that he would be thrown out of the Lebanese press syndicate.

20 Comments:

At Thursday, January 04, 2007 6:29:00 PM, Blogger linalone said...

3ajbetne hay, khallina nekhlas bas abel men 2007!!

 
At Thursday, January 04, 2007 6:59:00 PM, Blogger Jamal said...

an investigative reporter invstigating a questionable witness in the country's biggest criminal case is a disgrace to the press because he is not on your political side. So you prefer to be misled an lied to by someone you agree with rather than be showed facts by some one you disagree with?

we need more firas hatoum's on both sides of the political spectrum to dig for facts behind allegations, even if it was politically motivated, rather than just regurgitate party lines or be pens for hire waiting for the highest bidder.

 
At Thursday, January 04, 2007 7:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto Jamal

 
At Thursday, January 04, 2007 8:56:00 PM, Blogger hillz said...

اول شي الباب ما كان مشمع بالشمع الأحمر، يعي القضاء مسؤول عن التقصير.

تاني شي شو يعني:
"free people of Lebanon"؟؟

في "عبيد" يعني؟
كان البعض يلعلع صوتو ضد الممارسات اللا أخلاقية واللاقانونية اللي كان يقوم فيها النظام المخابراتي السوري، قام صارو هلأ عم بيمارسو السلطة بنفس الأسلوب.

التوقيع:

واحد وقع العريضة لإطلاق فراس حاطوم وكان يقرا جبران وسمير قصير ومش ناطرك لتصنفو باتباع الطريقة الساذجة لجورج بوش.

 
At Thursday, January 04, 2007 10:43:00 PM, Blogger MMMMMMMMM said...

hillz: free people of lebanon does not mean that others are slaves! Only those who are slaves in their minds are not free.

Jamal: "Tell you what, tomorrow I will go to Iran and Qatar, get some funding for a TV station, hire professional liars and pseudo-journalists, and pay them to break and enter into the private properties of murder witnesses, steal things, and then use this stolen "evidence" to argue that killers should walk free and murder victims deserved to die.

Then, I will expect my government to reward me for my distinguished journalism. And if they don't, I will occupy the central district with my camera crew and other paid members of various creeds. I will also lay siege to the cabinet until it resigns. For that's how democracy, freedom, er… you know, that thing they have on American TV, works" Quoting Abu-Kais
he just said it before me!

 
At Friday, January 05, 2007 1:22:00 AM, Blogger MarxistFromLebanon said...

you mean Future TV is objective?

And what is this with using Samir Qassir and Tuieni as marketing political commodities, get with it. I knew Samir Qassir, and believe it he wouldn't want that logic of thinking, so drop the act.

The whole media needs to be thrown in the garbage bin, as Chomsky said, the role is to report public opinion, and not create it. (PS: Can we tag Future as Saudi Money?)

 
At Friday, January 05, 2007 4:40:00 AM, Blogger Rampurple said...

To my knowledge, this guy broke and entered into a home. That's a criminal act. End of topic. I can't believe you are debating on whether he is a good journalist or not.

Jamal???!! I didn't expect such a response from you.

I agree with Marxist. Keep Samir and Gebran out of it.

 
At Friday, January 05, 2007 8:17:00 AM, Blogger hashem said...

I just cannot but agree with Jamal. He put it in the right context.

 
At Friday, January 05, 2007 9:09:00 AM, Blogger MMMMMMMMM said...

MFL: they are already doing so

 
At Friday, January 05, 2007 10:14:00 AM, Blogger nobilis tobilis said...

Jamal, I thought you were more objective.
Concerning Firas Hatoum, I think we should also blame the institution he works for. I mean that NewTV should be held responsible too for this irresponsible act. But it seems that this is the culture this television is working in. And they consider themselves fighting the corruption and being objective. They are miles away from achieving that.

 
At Friday, January 05, 2007 12:44:00 PM, Blogger BOB said...

Small correction to Jamal and those who second him…

A criminal case still under investigation should be off-limits to journalists. I remember the fuss everybody raised with Mehliss leaks to the press, poking your nose into an ongoing investigation is also a criminal offense, the whole secrecy of investigation issue. What u can do is wait till the tribunal is set and announce its verdict. Then you can investigate and prove your worth

Now one issue I am not very comfortable with is the breaking of rules by the police with the pre-judge detention. In the Lebanese law they can detain you for three days before a judge see your file. However journalists are immune to that. In this case this rule was broken.
All in all Hezbollah and Co are claiming that they trust the Lebanese judicial system. So let the law take it due course. If there were some misdeeds let him be punished. All this is beside the point the guy did a mistake and he should be brought to justice…

 
At Friday, January 05, 2007 10:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamal, I'm shocked from ur reaction! What if a journalist break into some March 8th offical's apartment looking for eveidence to criminilize them, how would you react? Would you ask that he be freed because he was seeking the truth? How about another guy break into ur own house looking for anything that he could use against you, would you ask for him to be freed???!!

Guys,
regardless of ur political stand, you shouldn't support illegal acts.

Firas broke into an apartment, by breaking the window, he was video taped, he missed with the contents of the apartment. THIS IS PURE BREAKING OF THE LAW.

And don't even try comparing Firas to Tueni or Kassir, this is completely unacceptable, AT ALL.

One thing I would agree with you on, is that law should be respected, and they shouldnt keep him for investigation longer than the legal time, but to actually say that this guy didn't do anything wrong, then you are just encouraging others to go and start breaking into others's houses looking for the so-called truth!!!!!

 
At Monday, January 08, 2007 10:52:00 AM, Blogger MarxistFromLebanon said...

MMMMMMM (did I spell it correctly? :P): The issue is not about Firas, the issue is that we lack any efficient media. The media is encouraging people to bash the hell out of each other. More dangerously, if we take a look 20 years later on the TV archives, each TV would give you a "history" of Lebanon.

 
At Monday, January 08, 2007 12:08:00 PM, Blogger MMMMMMMMM said...

MFL, okay! I agree with you on this point our media has really hit bottom rock, this is only because we have hit bottom rock as well!

P.S you forgot 2 MMs ;)

 
At Wednesday, January 10, 2007 11:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think these days things are no longer facts, they're just a Photoshop jobs on everything, give us any data and we will make it pretty enough (or ugly enough?) to work for our side! Sad but true.

In my opinion this Hatem guy messed up and should not be treated as a hero. But if he did the same thing 5 years ago, he wouldn't be in jail!

We are in one hell of a corrupted country.

 
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