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Reception and Perception of Radical Messages
February 5, 2018

This report represents a first contribution by the Samir Kassir Foundation (SKF) to the ongoing and growing debate on the role of communication in the radicalisation process and the mechanisms to prevent or counter violent extremism (CVE). The primary focus of this research is communication by and about the Islamic State and did not include communication by and about militant Islamist organisations from other ideological and sectarian backgrounds.

This study does not revolve around the source of radical messages and counter-narrative initiatives, but on regular citizens' media consumption patterns and perception of messages coming from radical Islamist groups as well as those trying to counter their narrative.

It is based on qualitative opinion and media consumption research conducted in February and March 2016 with Lebanese audiences in Tripoli, North Lebanon, West Bekaa and among Syrian refugees, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

The project was implemented by a steering committee led by academic and policy consultant Drew Mikhael and comprised of SKF Executive Director Ayman Mhanna, SKF Programs Coordinator Nassim Abi Ghanem, academic and senior researcher Nidal Ayoub, and social media communication specialist Marie-Thérèse Corbani.