News Reporters Without Borders today urged the new secretary-general of the International Organisation of French-Speaking Countries, former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf, to condemn attacks on press freedom in Lebanon resulting from an outbreak of political score-settling.It said Lebanon in particular should be reminded of its obligations to freedom and legality – that had made it a democratic exception in the region – because it had hosted the 9th French-Speaking Countries Summit last October. The Lebanese broadcasting media has been hit in the past few months by “political score-settling that would be almost laughable if press freedom was not the main victim of it,” Reporters Without Borders said. Recently, President Emile Lahud and Prime Minister Rafik Hariri had been battling it out by shutting down TV stations and making “intemperate remarks,” it said.The closure of the privately-owned Murr Television (MTV) last 4 September drew broad national and international condemnation but Hariri only added his voice to this on 6 January, two days after Lahud ordered the reopening of another private station, New Television (NTV) that Hariri had ordered closed late last month because of his ties to Saudi Arabia. Hariri is now expected to press Lahud to allow MTV to reopen.The right of MTV and NTV viewers to be informed, along with the right of the two stations to exist and operate freely was “clearly unimportant” to the Lebanese authorities, Reporters Without Borders said. “This absurd situation shows the contempt of the politicians for the independence of the courts, as well as their use of the media and press freedom in petty political manoeuvring.” January 14, 2021 Find out more Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon January 7, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New head of French-speaking countries union urged to defend press freedom RSF_en Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car News Organisation LebanonMiddle East – North Africa LebanonMiddle East – North Africa to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Lebanon February 4, 2021 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News November 11, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders called today on the new head of the International Organisation of French-Speaking Countries, Abdou Diouf, to condemn attacks on press freedom in Lebanon, where it has fallen victim to political score-settling.
“He was laughing,” Mourinho added. “His objective was won: come here and take a point. It was not to come here and play good football or to try to win or to feel part of the quality of the Premier League. “He takes the point. After that he’s a happy man and I’m a sad guy.” Despite injuries to Joey O’Brien (dislocated shoulder) and Mohamed Diame (knee), Allardyce was in jovial mood afterwards. Allardyce said: “He can’t take it, can he? He can’t take it because we’ve outwitted him. He just can’t cope. “He can tell me all he wants, I don’t give a s****. “I love to see Chelsea players moaning at the referee, trying to intimidate him, Jose jumping up and down saying we play crap football. “It’s brilliant when you get a result against him. Hard luck, Jose.” Allardyce lauded his players for implementing his tactics in a result he believes was on a par with the 3-0 win at Tottenham earlier in the season. The Hammers boss added: “This one probably equals (Tottenham) because of the position we’re in and the problems we’ve had recently. “It was all about frustrating a team that’s got world-class players and not to come here and lie down. “Tactically we got it right in two areas particularly: one was in stopping (Eden) Hazard, Oscar and Willian and (Samuel) Eto’o scoring goals; and the other one was stopping them scoring from set plays. We did a fantastic job.” Mourinho hopes West Ham avoid relegation. He added: “With this two points that they took from us I hope the point they got means something for them.” Mourinho refused to criticise his players, who could have done with someone of the guile of Juan Mata, now at Manchester United. “With my players, I’m happy,” Mourinho said. “My team tried everything. Their goalkeeper saved a lot, but they also had other players without gloves who saved a lot. “They played with five defenders; they looked more goalkeepers than defenders.” Mourinho resisted the urge to criticise the officials, who ruled out a stoppage-time Eto’o strike, having already blown for a foul amid a confusing conclusion which also saw Adrian save from Frank Lampard. O’Brien might also have been sent off for an earlier tackle on Willian. Mourinho, who questioned why only four minutes were added on, said: “I don’t want the people at home to feel that, because we didn’t win, I want to speak about the referee’s mistake.” Chelsea next play a City side who beat Tottenham to go top of the Premier League. “For me it’s not a surprise,” Mourinho added. “We go there next Monday and the result at this moment is 0-0. Are they favourites? Yes. Are they even favourites to score again four, five, six goals? Yes. “But the result is 0-0 and we go there to compete and to play.” The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ said: “It’s very difficult to play a football match where only one team wants to play. It’s very difficult. “A football match is about two teams playing and this match was only one team playing and another team not playing. “I told Big Sam and I repeat my words: they need points and, because they need points, to come here and play the way they did, is it acceptable? Maybe, yes. “I cannot be too critical, because if I was in his position I don’t know if I would do the same. Maybe. “At the same time I told also this is not Premier League, this is not the best league in the world, this is football from the 19th century.” Chelsea tried everything to unlock the Hammers defence and when they did they found goalkeeper Adrian in supreme form. Mourinho added: “The only (other) thing I could bring was a Black and Decker (tool) to destroy the wall.” Mourinho pointed to time-wasting and aimless long balls to illustrate his point, which he had made to Hammers boss Allardyce after the game. The Blues fell three points behind new Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City, who beat West Ham 9-0 in the two-legged Capital One Cup semi-final, after a resolute display from Sam Allardyce’s men. Mourinho outlined his unhappiness with the Hammers’ tactics afterwards. Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accused West Ham of playing “football from the 19th century” after being left frustrated by a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.