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Aoun bewails print media dire situation, contacts Ilham Freiha

President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, on Monday bewailed the dire situation recently endured by

the print media in Lebanon.

President Aoun expressed solidarity with the various media outlets which were recently forced to close their doors due to simmering circumstances, most recently the longstanding "Dar Assayad" various publications after almost seventy six years in print.

"Media liberties have formed the public opinion in Lebanon rendering it a partner in building the nation," Aoun corroborated.

In this framework, Aoun contacted by phone "Dar Assayad" Director General, Ilham Freiha, and expressed solidarity with the Dar which was forced to close its offices due to the simmering print media sector.

The head of State hailed the role played by the Dar at the various cultural, social, political and economic levels, and the longstanding legacy by its founder the late Saiid Freiha.

On the other hand, Aoun welcomed at the Baabda palace MP Jihad al-Samad, where they held a tour d'horizon on the latest political developments and the path of the new government formation.

On emerging, MP Al-Samad relayed the President's keenness that the new government reflects the outcome of the recent legislative elections and fair representation.

Later, Aoun met with Head of the State Council, Judge Henry Khoury, and State Council member Judge Rita Karam.

Source: National News Agency