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Media rights group
defends Jackie Chamoun

BEIRUT - The rights group Media Against Violence condemned campaigns against Lebanese skiing star Jackie Chamoun and said any action against her will be confronted.

 

In a statement released on Wednesday the group warned against “any actions affecting [Chamoun].”

 

“Any step of that kind, apart from bringing shame to Lebanon, will be confronted,” the statement added.

 

The group went on to criticize caretaker Minister of Youth and Sports Faisal Karami’s stance on the case, calling on him to pay more attention to matters of greater national importance.

 

“[Karami] should turn his attention to cases of murder, crime, assassinations, women who are killed or beaten to death and the continual degeneration of the government rather than attacking a sports star who has made [real] achievements for Lebanon.”

 

A social media campaign was waged against Chamoun because she posed nude for an Austrian ski calendar three years ago.

 

The campaign began when Al-Jadeed television published a video of the making of the photo shoot, labeling it as “a scandal.”

 

Jackie was born in the Shouf town of Deir al-Qamar in 1991. She is a professional Alpine Skier, who began skiing at the age of three in Lebanon’s Faraya.

 

At the age of 14 she began participating in professional skiing events all around the world. She participated in two World Ski Championships: Val D'Isere 2009 and Schladming 2013.

 

At the age of 18, Jackie represented her country in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and is currently participating in the Olympic games in Russia’s Sochi.

[Faisal Karami] should turn his attention to cases of murder, crime, assassinations, women who are killed or beaten to death and the continual degeneration of the government rather than attacking a sports star who has made [real] achievements for Lebanon.