Two bomb blasts in the Lebanese capital of beirut on Wednesday night (6 August) seriously damaged a publishing house and shops in the fashionable district of Raouche.
GV PAN ZOOM IN CU Damaged building PAN TO broken windows and damaged balconies, in Beirut, Lebanon
SV TILT DOWN Damaged corner of building with masonry missing
SV INTERIOR Man looking at debris and large hole in floor (2 shots)
SV PAN. EXTERIOR Cars in street with shattered windows
LV ZOOM TO GV Damaged building near Beirut port, CU wreckage (2 shots)
SV PAN INTERIOR damaged building with debris on floor
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Background: Two bomb blasts in the Lebanese capital of beirut on Wednesday night (6 August) seriously damaged a publishing house and shops in the fashionable district of Raouche. Four people were slightly wounded.
SYNOPSIS: The bombs damaged the offices of the Al-Moharrer publishing house. This is the latest in a series of attacks on publishers, newspapers and journalists in Lebanon. On 23 July the fifty-three year-old President of the Lebanese Press Association, Riad Taha, was assassinated by guerrillas armed with sub-machine guns as he drove along the Beirut seafront. He was the second prominent Lebanese journalist to be murdered this year. In June, two other journalists were shot and wounded by gunmen in Beirut, one a Syrian and the other, local Reuters bureau chief, Bernd DeBusman, who left Lebanon a week later.
Mr. DeBusman left soon after the attack along with two other wester journalists one from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the other from the French newspaper Le Figaro.
The attacks and intimidation of journalists is being linked in the west to current instability in Syria.
Diplomats and journalists in the Lebanese capital claim the violence and intimidation can be traced to Syria where President Hafez al-Assad has proclaimed that he will strike anywhere to silence critics of his government. Recently a prominent opponent of the government, Syrian exile Eddin al-Bitar was murdered in Paris. Judicial sources in Lebanon say last month's murder of Lebanese Press Association President Riad Taha could have been part of an inter-Shi'ite Moslem feud, but as yet no-one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.