European Endowment for Democracy’s online event discusses role of independent media in Lebanon

July 7, 2020
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The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) co-organised last month with Carnegie Middle-East Centre an online event to discuss the prospects for a real reform and the role of independent media in Lebanon.

Lebanon is at a crossroads politically and economically. Today, the country is experiencing its worst economic crisis in decades, with a collapsing currency, closure of many businesses and sky-high inflation rates. This economic crisis compounds already volatile socio-political and economic challenges, with increased tension among political and sectarian factions as well as an ongoing nationwide protest movement.

The country also counts large numbers of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in its population, which is another significant source of tension.

Lebanese civil society and independent media have always played a leading role in pushing for reform to address the significant threats facing the country, and in today’s crisis, this role is more important than ever.

High-profile media figures attended the event: Maha Yahya, Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, Lara Bitar, founding editor of “The Public Source”, Jean Kassir, co-founder and managing editor of “Megaphone”, Alia Ibrahim, founding partner and chair of “Daraj”.


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Full event report

European Endowment for Democracy (EED)

Countries covered:

  • Lebanon
Civil Society Media