According to Press freedom’s Reporters Without Borders, Lebanon is not only a regional center of media production but also the most liberal and free in the Arab world: “the media have more freedom in Lebanon than in any other Arab country“. Despite its small population and geographic size, Lebanon plays an influential role in the production of information in the Arab world and is “at the core of a regional media network with global implications“.
Lebanon has two state-owned news agencies. The most important of them is The National News Agency (NNA), official news body of Lebanon, launched in 1964. They’re an entity subjected to the Ministry of Information Lebanese Republic.
The Ministry of Information consists of the General Directorate of Information and several other directorates including: Directorate of Lebanese Studies and Publications, The National News Agency and The Lebanese Broadcasting Directorate Auditing Department (Diwan). The Ministry includes other departments and sections. It was organized by legislative decree no. 6830 released on June 15, 1961.
In other words, whatever is published or stated via any of the entities subjected to the Ministry of Information is considered and recognized as “official information from the Lebanese Government“.
Please CLICK HERE for the official 2014’s article (in Arabic) from the The National News Agency (Lebanese Government News’s Agency – Ministry of Information) quoting the book about the El Chemor princely family (recognizing the titles and citing some family members) and validating Father Ignatios El Khoury’s 1948’s book as an official source.
Please, click below of the Sworn English legal translation of the article
Please click below for the Sworn English legal translation of the book