The Arabic-language Lebanese al-Akhbar newspaper wrote on Monday that Shea is unimpeded to meet with different politicians and media and provokes the Lebanese against each other with a completely free hand.
It pointed to Shea's biased and hostile claims that Hezbollah threatens Lebanon's stability, adding that the US diplomat never mentions that Hezbollah is a Lebanese party representing the Lebanese the most, given the election results where it won the largest number of public votes.
Al-Akhbar criticized the lack of official action by the government against the law-breaking US envoy, reminding that the ambassador's diplomatic immunity should be regarded only when she is doing her job and not when she is threatening internal peace in Lebanon, adding that Lebanese Judge Muhammad Mazieh has also raised similar accusations against Shea.
Judge Mazieh issued an order in Tyre on Saturday banning all media from publishing the ambassador’s comments for a year after a recent interview in which she criticized Hezbollah group.
Mazieh said Shea’s comments incited sectarian strife and threatened social peace. The judge said while he can’t ban the ambassador from speaking, he can bar the media from interviewing her for a year.
Mazieh made the decision on Saturday, the start of the weekend, saying the matter was urgent. He said the ambassador had “no right to talk" the Hezbollah, which he described as “a Lebanese party represented in parliament and Cabinet that enjoys a wide popular base”.
Mazieh said he acted after receiving a complaint from a citizen who considered Shea’s comments to a Saudi-owned station “insulting to the Lebanese people”.