An open mic revolution in Lebanon

Young girl in wheel chair speaks to cameras as crowd gathers around her waiting for their turn to speak.

Many have asked if the revolts taking place across Lebanon will succeed. But they have already succeeded at taking away the ruling politicians’ most powerful weapon: the microphone.

Extraordinary scenes are unfolding on Lebanese television, a freedom of speech and confrontation with power that may not be found in the most democratic Western countries.

Read this piece I wrote for Al Jazeera “An open mic revolution in Lebanon” to get a sense of what is being said on air and why it’s so important. On Twitter, you can also follow @beirutreport and @habib_b for live updates and live videos on the situation.