Following last week's news that the National Audiovisual Council in Lebanon is planning to ‘organise online media’ and speculation that this might include a requirement for blogs to be registered with the council, NOW Lebanon interviewed Abdel-Hadi Mahfouz the head of the council in an article published today. Mahfouz confirmed the council's proposals, including the requirement for registration:
'Mahfouz told NOW Lebanon that both news websites and blogs should
register, after which details would be hammered out on how the two
should be regulated in the future (i.e., whether there should be a legal
distinction between them). After registering, Mahfouz said online news
sites should write a code of ethics to follow and contribute to drafting
a new media law that would include them.'