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Lebanese Media Coverage of the Oil and Gas Sector - 2017 Report
May 30, 2017

Since 2013, the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom at the Samir Kassir Foundation (SKF) has partnered with Middle East Strategic Perspectives (MESP) to conduct a thorough monitoring of the Lebanese media coverage of the oil and gas sector. SKeyes and MESP are also cooperating with journalist Matt Nash and the Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative (LOGI) to verify the accuracy of statements by politicians and prominent economists around the oil and gas sector. All the results of the fact-checking are available on the smart phone app “LOG&Learn” downloadable on iOS and Android.

In August 2014, SKeyes and MESP published a first report entitled “Lebanese Media Coverage of the Oil and Gas Sector.” A second report was on the same topic was released in October 2016.

Over the past four years, a series of workshops and trainings was provided to Lebanese journalists covering the sector, based on the findings of the SKeyes-MESP report, which outlined the results of the media monitoring reports.

The idea behind the third edition of our monitoring of the Lebanese media coverage of the oil and gas sector is to assess how media outlets covered two important decrees that the Lebanese Council of Ministers adopted in January 2017, after years of slow progress for the sector. The present report can also be seen as an indirect evaluation of efforts put to train Lebanese journalists over the past years, by identifying where progress has been made and how to calibrate efforts – where needed – to yield more positive results.

This project is conducted thanks to the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Oil for Development program.