Bassil Bodyguard Seizes Phone of Prominent Journalist at U.N. Forum

W460

A bodyguard of caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Tuesday snatched the cellphone of a prominent journalist during a U.N. forum in Geneva, the journalist said.

“Lebanese FM Jebran Bassil had his security confiscate my phone and erase the video when I was trying to interview him at UN Refugees forum in Geneva,” Lebanese-German journalist Jaafar Abdul Karim tweeted.

“UN Security is investigating the incident,” he added.

Abdul Karim is an award winning journalist and the host of a popular Arabic-language talk show on Germany’s Deutsche Welle television.

Sources close to Bassil meanwhile told LBCI TV that the journalist “did not ask for an interview with the minister but rather repeatedly filmed his movements with his phone and tried to take a statement from him as he was walking in the lobby of the U.N. headquarters.”

“This provoked Swiss and Lebanese security guards tasked with protecting the minister,” the sources added.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 3
Thumb lebnanfirst 18 December 2019, 02:40

Wow, how low can our reputation in the World get...

Thumb tric.portugal 18 December 2019, 03:12

“Lebanese FM Gebran Bassil had his security confiscate my phone and erase the video when I was trying to interview him at UN Refugees forum in Geneva,” Lebanese-German journalist Jaafar Abdul Karim tweeted.
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is a great friend of the Saudi Hariri..

Missing coolmec 18 December 2019, 05:50

Elected? when was he elected. He was defeated in the elections and has been imposed as a minister since then