Watch this graphic video of journalists from Al Jadeed being beaten. They were working on an investigative story about corruption among Lebanese customs officials. Details are still emerging but it appears they had taken to the streets outside the customs office with a bullhorn when officials refused to answer their questions. Moments later they are savagely attacked both by uniformed and plainclothes agents.

A crowd of journalists have taken to the streets this evening for a sit-in at the justice palace. And Al Jadeed has been covering the protest live all day, fighting the powers that be with a satellite signal.

In solidarity with their colleagues, LBC also covered the rally live:

But has since reverted to regular programming, a reality talent show (Star Academy):

Meanwhile NBN has a live horoscope call-in show: 

 OTV has a live cooking show with grandma:

Making fish sayadieh:

 Future TV has a live basketball match:

And Hezbollah TV has live preaching:

One would think these national broadcasters would go down and cover the rally and show some solidarity with their colleagues, if they were serious about doing journalism that is. 
I’m heading down there now. Follow me on Twitter @habib_b for updates.  
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Habib Battah
Habib Battah is an investigative journalist and founder of the news site Battah has covered Lebanon and the Middle East for over 15 years and teaches journalism and media studies at the American University of Beirut. He is a contributor to Monocle, The Guardian, BBC World, Al Jazeera and others, a former fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University and two-time recipient of the Samir Kassir Press Freedom Award. Battah's investigative work was recently recognized for outstanding local reporting by the Columbia University Oakes Award for Environmental Reporting. Battah earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Near East Studies and Journalism from New York University.


  1. Why would they go down and cover the protest? I mean Star Academy generates good revenue for LBC, others also have monetary reasons to do so. Al Manar (Hezbollah) are affiliated with customs so it is of no good interest to actually join the protest. Money speaks louder than words

  2. Nice write-up! Being able to write creatively is something not all of us are capable of. Count yourself blessed because you have a talent. Getting into the mood in writing does not have a set of rules to follow. ‘To each his own’ is what people say; however, a list of suggestions wouldn’t hurt.mood in writing


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