The front page of a legal case filed in 1930 by the Ministry of State against the journalist Ragheb Othman, publisher of the political daily al-Istiqlal

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Othmani had been highly critical of Prime Minister Taj al-Din al-Hasani, accusing him of being a corrupted French stooge, prompting the government to file a legal case against him. Both Hasani and Othmani were clerics and it is interesting to note that Othmani’s lawyer was a Christian named Felix Faris