Lebanese daily prints blank edition to protest crisis

Lebanese daily prints blank edition to protest crisis

Beirut - Each page of The Daily Star's Thursday edition bore a single phrase referring to one of the country's problems.



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Published: Thu 8 Aug 2019, 10:45 PM

Last updated: Fri 9 Aug 2019, 12:48 AM

Lebanon's only English-language daily protested the country's deteriorating economic and political conditions by publishing a blank edition on Thursday, calling it an "alarm bell".
Each page of The Daily Star's Thursday edition bore a single phrase referring to one of the country's problems, including government deadlock, rising public debt, increasing sectarian rhetoric and unemployment. The back page had a photo of a cedar tree, a national symbol, with a caption reading: "Wake up before it's too late!"
"We are sounding the alarm bell over the many challenges the country is facing," the paper's editor-in-chief Nadim Ladki said. "It's a call on everyone- politicians, activists, ordinary people - to pull together in the same direction to resolve the crises and challenges."
Lebanon has been in the grip of an economic crisis for months, and the government has not met since a June 30 shooting in a mountain village that escalated tensions between the Christian and Druze communities.
Rival groups in the cabinet have been divided on how to proceed with the investigation of the shooting, which left two people dead.
"Any attempt to use the tragic June 30 event in Qabr Shamoun to advance political objectives should be rejected," the embassy said in an apparent reference to the militant Hezbollah group and its allies, who are seen as pressuring Druze leader Walid Jumblatt.
Lebanon's government is the product of a power-sharing agreement.


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