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Media watchdog calls for world mobilization after death of Tueini

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Beirut (dpa) - The head of the media watchdog group "Reporters Without Borders" called on Friday for world mobilization after the slaying of anti-Syrian Lebanese deputy and journalist Jubran Tueini.

"All anti-Syrian press in Lebanon is in danger. Not just one newspaper or two," Robert Menard told a press conference at the headquarters of Tueini An Nahar newspaper.

"There is an urgent need for the international media to mobilize, We cannot be mere spectators because other journalists will be killed," Menard said.

"We must press the European Parliament and the Council of Europe to act," he added.

Tueini was killed Monday in a massive car bombing, in the latest attack against critics of Damascus. Anti-Syrian Lebanese opposition leaders have blamed Syria for the killings.

Since former premier Rafik Hariri was killed on February 14, Lebanon has been hit by fifteen blasts that targeted anti-Syrian politicians and journalists as well as Christian areas.

Copyright 2005 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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