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Address of the President Jreij during his visit to the Minister of Information

17 December, 2014

Address of the President of the Beirut Bar Association
During his visit to the Minister of Information Ramzi Jreij
Ministry of Information – On December 17th, 2014

Your Excellency the Minister,
Dear Colleagues,

We are visiting today a great title given by a great man to the Ministry of Information whose effects have been cancelled in other countries and that became, according to Minister Ramzi Jreij, a Ministry for civil liberties and for the defense of human rights. I firmly believe that, by passing in this place, Minister Ramzi Jreij saved the Ministry of Information from a narrow role, a closed zone, a position of counselor sometimes and of repressor some other times, but always an observer, turning it into a bastion combining the complete victory of law from the one hand and liberties from the other hand. This is not new for this great man, who, wherever he goes, he leaves his tracks and footprints, traces his booming voice in the area, his presence in the Palace of Justice and his fixed spectrum at the House of the Lawyer.

Your Excellency the Minister, we, as Bar and Bar President, are by your side to support the responsible media liberties,

We are by your side to repress repression, stop mouths and prevent the domestication and taming of media.

We are by your side to edify the institutions, and this can only be achieved after a head is found, whether by consensus or by elections. Allow me here to recall what his Excellency President Tammam Salam said in the reception organized last week by the Lebanese Embassy in Paris, in which I have had the honor to participate. He said that we will not be able to act without a head and, if failure was a condition to elect a president, I would prefer failure to success, only to reach the highest goal, i.e. the regularity of institutions.

Minister Jreij has taken all opportunities to recall the deep trouble inflicted to the Lebanese Republic by deviating from the Constitution’s trajectory, ignoring the deadlines and violating the rules.

The Minister and Bar President was at the head of those who participated in the campaign that we have launched from the House of the Lawyer requesting to end vacancy, prevent its escalation, make the presidential elections Lebanese and elect the president of the Republic.

After having taken the Government functions, this great man said: exercising my functions within the Ministry does not mean that I do not belong to the legal profession anymore, because it is a school and I need its teachings to perform my duties in the Ministry of Information.

Yes, the Bar President Edmond Caspar was right to say, when the Government in which he was a minister resigned: I am from the dust of the legal profession, and to the dust of the legal profession I shall return.

Long live the legal profession, long live liberties, long live the information and the Minister of Information, long live Lebanon.

 

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