03 May 2017

A DISCUSSION WITH RAMSAY G. NAJJAR

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“I am personally very happy to share the sky of this University; to be a witness to the law, political science and media studies students gathered under one roof to participate in a discussion, concerning the judiciary and communication. With all of my esteem and respect, I modestly state that this is a quantum leap for my book and its objectives,” said media and communications veteran Ramsay G. Najjar, during a discussion on campus, hosted by the Faculty of Law and Political Science (FLPS) on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in the NDU Projection Room. Law and Political Science Department faculty members and students attended the discussion, including the FLPS Dean Dr. Maan Bou Saber and FLPS Chairperson Dr. Dany Ghoussoub.

Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Eugene Sensenig, who hosted the discussion, noted in his welcome note, “It’s an honor to receive Mr. Najjar on campus to kick off a discussion with our University’s law and media students about the link between the judiciary and communication.”

Najjar started his intervention with a flashback to the beginning of his career as a journalism enthusiast. He recalled a meeting with assassinated journalist Salim el- Lawzi who advised him to quit journalism and start a career in advertising, which was not the trend at that time. “I spent twenty years of my career working in advertising and supported the launch of many creative agencies. Today, advertising is the jewel in the crown at most universities in Lebanon, and I humbly contributed in this development,” said Najjar. He then discussed the complimentary relationship between the judiciary and communication, and noted that the link between the law and the media has not been properly analyzed. “The Right Not To Remain Silent started as a personal journey of discovery,” he said. The mission of the media and communication is to promote the shared ideals of freedom of expression, transparency, and responsibility; the judiciary holds close to their hearts the principles accountability, a proper defense and punishment of the accused. He noted, “I noticed that there was insufficient reference in this regard to how they are linked.”

The discussion focused on Najjar’s latest book "The Right Not To Remain Silent: Judiciary And Communication,” which included seven chapters exploring the history of the judiciary, its approach to media and how to inform the public about the law, a strategic road map for the judiciary on how it should communicate and how the dialogue between the Third and the Fourth Estates are inevitable.
This highly interactive debate included many pointed questions and responses from faculty members and students at NDU.

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