I agree that the pictures displayed should have been verified and Kalam Ennas did apologize for that mistake but I fail to understand how those images managed to “ignite provocation and tensions and incite to sedition and destabilization in the country”.
In fact I don’t understand how Lebanon’s No.1 talk show gets a warning like that while other TV shows that keep the show running while their guests curse and insult each other get away with it. Personally speaking, I think Kalam Ennas is the only show that truly depicts the reality of what is happening and is worth watching.
Funnily enough, Prime Minister Mikati was not aware of the warning requested by the Information Minister and disagrees with its content.
If I were Marcel Ghanem, I would get Walid el Daouk on the next episode and ask him to explain to the viewers the reason for issuing such a warning.
On August 23, the talkshow’s producer and host displayed obnoxious images of charred bodies he claimed they belonged to the victims of a two deadly blasts in the northern city of Tripoli last week.
They photos later proved to be belonging to victims of a fatal fire at a Morocco bank in 2011.
In a letter to the National Audio-Visual Media Council, Daouk slammed Ghanem’s practice as unprofessional and irreverent, and not complying with the honor pact LBC had signed.
“Therefore, we hereby request the National Audio-Visual Media Council to urgently address Kalam el-Nas producer and host, Mr. Marcel Ghanem, with a warning over the content of his show igniting provocation and tensions and inciting to sedition and destabilization in the country, in an express violation of the terms upon which the institution was given broadcast license and of Law 382/94,” Daouk said in the letter. [Source]