His Eminence then emphasized the need to preserve media freedom in Lebanon, and the freedom to express opinion guaranteed by the constitution, considering that the media represents an educational message that must be governed by morals and human values, before legal texts.
As he regretted the failure to implement a modern media law in Lebanon and the lack of urgency of those concerned in issuing the necessary legislation to keep pace with recent developments in the means of communication, this has certainly led into chaos and semi-ignorance, specifically speaking, on the various and countless social media platforms. He called on the media and the concerned officials to work towards maintaining the credibility, transparency, accuracy and objectivity in the transmission and circulation of news, and to avoid promoting false or suspicious news.
His Eminence Sheikh Al- Aql also called for avoiding the use of Druze monotheistic faith (Tawhid) name for the purposes of media or commercial promotion, especially members of the community, noting that this matter is subject to legal accountability. He also called on activists on social media not to involve the Druze community in any personal topics and opinions, noting that the office of Sheikh Al-Aql, together with the sectarian council and its affiliated institutions, are the only official reference that represents the religious affairs of the sect in Lebanon, and any opinion issued by any other party is not relevant.
Sheikh Al-Aql wished for “Al-Tha’er” website the best of progress and success.