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Why did Lebanon issue warrant for journalist over interview with Israeli official?

Journalists reporting on the prospects of Lebanon being dragged into a war have faced growing pressure and harassment.
Layal al-Ekhtiar appears on Al-Arabiya, Nov. 17, 2023.

BEIRUT —  Authorities in Lebanon issued a search warrant for a prominent anchor for interviewing an Israeli official on live television. The summons comes as journalists in Lebanon are being subject to harassment and intimidation on social media amid the ongoing escalation between Hezbollah forces and the Israeli military along the Israel-Lebanon border.

Layal al-Ekhtiar, a Lebanese journalist with Al-Arabiya satellite TV channel, announced on Thursday evening that a military prosecutor had issued her an investigative search warrant after she interviewed an Israeli military official last month.

Ekhtiar said in a post to the X platform that the warrant stems from complaints filed by people she claims are supporters of Hezbollah.

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