As in many countries around the world, Lebanese elites control and manipulate the media to serve their own purposes. TV channels, newspapers and famous, individual journalists are regarded as speaking for this or that political leader, as pawns in the internal conflicts between the decision-makers. However, during the popular uprisings in 2019 many journalists and some media channels broke with this system and sided with the people against the politicians as a whole. In this lecture, we investigate why this happened and what it tells us about the relations between politics and media in the contemporary Middle East.
Jacob Høigilt is a Professor in Middle East Studies at IKOS, University of Oslo. He holds a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Oslo.
Kjetil Selvik is a Research Professor in the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs’ Research Group on Peace, Conflict and Development.