After Al-Jadeed’s broadcast that bluntly criticized Michel Aoun on Tuesday, the Media Office of the Lebanese Presidency issued a statement calling out the local TV station for fabricating false stories, saying that they’re “not fooling anyone.”
The statement issued: “Al-Jadeed TV station continues to fabricate false stories and put the name of the President of Lebanon, General Michel Aoun, in these stories.”
“The last one was a broadcast that included an introduction of a news bulletin about the interference of the President in the investigation of the crime of the port explosion,” it added.
The statement claimed that the story is “unfounded” and is “a figment of the imagination of the team that daily broadcasts false news.” It added that Michel Aoun has never interfered in any way in the investigation of the disastrous Beirut Port explosion.
The Lebanese Presidency office continued to accuse the TV station of sharing fake news, allegedly aiming at slandering the president.
It issued that “the time has come for Al-Jadeed to stop broadcasting false allegations that no longer fool anyone, and which negatively affect the course of the investigation.”
MTV, which “tone” and “use of words” in regards to the president was deemed offensive by his media office, responded to the banning with more similar broadcasts and a lawsuit against the presidency on September 4th.