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Employees of Lebanese PM Saad Hariri's Future TV channel go on strike
August 6, 2019
Author: Sunniva Rose
Source: The National
 Staff of a television channel owned by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's family have gone on an indefinite strike over unpaid wages, employees told The National.“We have been struggling for nearly a decade and now cannot wait any longer,” said Ghida Majzoub, a prominent anchor who was one of the first presenters on Future TV after its launch in February 1993 by Rafiq Hariri, the prime minister's late father.“No one can afford working at Future TV anymore," said another employee,

Blast Mashrou’ Leila music Friday: free expression advocates
August 6, 2019
Source: The Daily Star
A center that promotes free expression in Lebanon is drumming up support for a campaign calling for local residents to blare indie-rock band Mashrou’ Leila’s music this Friday night - when the group was meant to perform at the Byblos International Festival.“We are asking for a national consciousness under the hashtag #Lil_Watan,” the Samir Kassir Eyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom said in a statement Monday night, using a transliteration of the Arabic “for the nation.”“We a

Who’s to blame for Mashrou’ Leila cancellation?
August 1, 2019
Author: Timour Azhari
Source: The Daily Star
It’s easy to simply blame the Byblos International Festival for axing Mashrou’ Leila’s Aug. 9 concert, but that would be a distraction. No one can reasonably expect a festival alone to provide the assurances - security, political and otherwise - necessary for such a concert to go ahead when faced with threats of violence. That responsibility falls on the shoulders of the state and local politicians. So where were they?When it comes to protecting freedom of expression, the state often seems

Byblos axes Mashrou’ Leila concert
July 31, 2019
Author: Timour Azhari
Source: The Daily Star
The Lebanese indie-rock band Mashrou’ Leila will no longer play at this summer’s Byblos International Festival, its performance having been canceled following pressure from Christian groups.“In an unprecedented step, and due to the successive developments, the [Byblos festival] committee was forced to stop the Mashrou’ Leila concert set for Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, ... in order to prevent bloodshed and to maintain security and stability,” the festival’s committee said in a statement Tue