The following is a chapter I wrote in “The Assault on Journalism: Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression,” edited
Academics, media professionals and experts met this week to push for a course on safety for journalists as a coalition of concerned stakeholders urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to uphold a pledge he made last year to defend their security.
There's no shortage of workshops on media ethics and concomitant codes of conduct in Lebanon, but how are those guidelines being implemented?
Reporters and editors excluded from membership are furious about results of the Lebanese Journalists Union (LJU) election so they're suing the syndicate and its president on charges of corruption, irregularities and violations of its bylaws.
Press freedom advocates fear any clampdown would put Lebanon, noted for its open cyberspace, in the same league as other Arab countries that jail and torture bloggers for their dissenting views.
On-air charges of vote buying during Lebanon's recent parliamentary election triggered a fiery shouting match between a legislator and a provocative TV talk show host that have reverberated in the country.