Tuesday, December 13, 2005
R.I.P. Gibran Tueni
Gibran Tueni was not the first journalist for An-Nahar to meet his death for what he had written; he surely knew the risk he was running. Yet he continued to write. After Samir Kassir's death in June of 2005:
Gibran Tueni, An-Nahar's general manager, linked the killing to the 14 February bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri and 20 other people and to another explosion targeting an opposition lawmaker who escaped with serious injuries.Newsday/AP published a selection of Tueni quotes:
"The Lebanese security authorities and the remnants of the Syrian system in Lebanon, and directly the Syrian regime from top to bottom, is responsible for every crime and every drop of blood spilled," Tueni said at the scene.
"The Syrian security regime should know ... that despotic regimes and tyrants who committed massacres against humanity were pursued, prosecuted and collapsed." Dec. 8, 2005, editorial in An-Nahar.This was a very, very brave man, and I think he wrote his own epitaph. May it also be the epitaph of tyranny in the ME.
By virtually every account, he won't be the last, unless there are changes in Syria- regime changes, to be more specific.
But that is part of why I think he was so courageous.
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