Lebanon / Middle East & North Africa

Journalists attacked in Lebanon since 1992

  
The office of Lebanese journalist Shuaib Zakaria is seen after being shot 30 times by unidentified attackers on March 19, 2020. (Shuaib Zakaria)

Unidentified attackers shoot at office of Lebanese journalist Shuaib Zakaria

In the evening of March 29, 2020, unidentified assailants fired dozens of bullets at the house and office of Shuaib Zakaria, a reporter for local broadcaster Radio Delta North and the news website Madinati, in the village of Fnaidek, in the northern Lebanese governorate of Akkar, according Zakaria, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app,…

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Police officers are seen Beirut, Lebanon, on November 1, 2019. Lebanese journalist Mohammed Zbib was recently assaulted in Beirut. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Lebanese journalist Mohammed Zbib assaulted in Beirut

In the evening of February 12, 2020, three unidentified individuals assaulted Mohammed Zbib, a reporter for the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, in the Beirut neighborhood of Hamra, according to news reports and a report by the journalist’s employer.

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Lebanese riot police guard a road leading to the parliament during clashes with anti-government protesters in downtown Beirut on January 22, 2020. Journalists covering the unrest are advised to take safety precautions. (AFP/Patrick Baz)

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in Lebanon

Protests in Lebanon have become more violent in recent weeks, with approximately 500 protesters and members of the security forces injured, according to reports. Lebanese authorities have used water cannon, batons, rubber bullets and, on occasion, fired teargas directly at protesters, according to reports. Protesters have thrown projectiles including molotov cocktails, stones and fireworks, directed…

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Riot police restrain a protester in Beirut, Lebanon, on January 18, 2020. Authorities arrested U.S. freelancer Nicholas Frakes and held him for two days. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)

Lebanese authorities detain US freelancer Nicholas Frakes for 2 days

At about 8:30 p.m. on January 19, 2020, Lebanese security forces arrested Nicholas Frakes, a U.S. national and freelance reporter, while he was covering protests in downtown Beirut, according to news reports and a friend of the journalist, who spoke to CPJ.

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Protesters and police officers are seen in Beirut, Lebanon, on January 15, 2020. Police attacked and detained journalists covering the recent protests in Beirut. (AP/Hussein Malla)

Journalists assaulted, detained while covering protests in Beirut

Beirut, January 16, 2020 — Lebanese authorities should investigate recent attacks against journalists covering protests in Beirut by both police and demonstrators, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A newspaper stand is seen in Beirut, Lebanon, on January 31, 2019. Judge Ziad Abu Haidar recently filed a criminal defamation suit against Lebanese newspaper Nida al-Watan. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)

Lebanese newspaper Nida al-Watan sued over alleged presidential criticism

On September 12, 2019, Lebanese judge Ziad Abu Haidar filed a criminal defamation suit against the Nida al-Watan newspaper as well as its editor-in-chief Beshara Charbel and managing director George Barbari, according to news reports and a report by regional press freedom group Skeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom.

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Security forces are seen in east Beirut, Lebanon, on May 9, 2019. Security forces recently raided the Beirut office of Al-Akhbar newspaper. (AP/Hassan Ammar)

Lebanese security forces raid Beirut office of Al-Akhbar newspaper

On May 8, 2019, Lebanese state security forces raided the office of the independent Beirut-based daily newspaper Al-Akhbar, according to news reports, the regional press freedom group Skeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, and a report by Al-Akhbar Deputy Editor Pierre Abi Saab.

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Al-Jadeed TV's headquarters is seen in Beirut, Lebanon, on February 15, 2017. On February 2, 2019, unknown assailants attacked the office with a hand grenade thrown from a car. (Mohamed Azakir/Reuters)

Unknown assailants attack Lebanese TV station with hand grenade

Beirut, February 4, 2019 — Lebanese authorities should do their utmost to identify and punish those responsible for the February 2 hand grenade attack on independent broadcaster Al-Jadeed TV and ensure the safety of journalists operating in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in central Beirut, Lebanon, on December 23, 2018. Multiple reporters were harassed and assaulted while covering the protests. (AP/Bilal Hussein)

Journalists assaulted and news website raided in Lebanon in December

Lebanese soldiers assaulted at least four journalists covering a protest in Beirut on December 23, 2018, according to news reports, the journalists’ employers, videos and pictures shared on social media by journalists, and the regional press freedom group Skeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom.

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Syrian refugees prepare to return to Syria from the Lebanese border town of Arsal, Lebanon, in June 2018. Lebanese authorities detained a journalist after he published a story on refugee women in Arsal. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)

Lebanese authorities detain Syrian reporter who reports on refugees

Beirut, November 26, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the imprisonment without charge of Abdel Hafez al-Houlani, a correspondent for the Syrian pro-opposition news website Zaman al-Wasl in the northeastern Lebanese city of Arsal, and called on Lebanese authorities to immediately disclose charges against him or set him free.

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