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Social Media Reaction to SKeyes’ Violation Monitoring: Nawal Nasr’s Case

Wednesday , 10 August 2022

Case Study No.5: Syrian Security Services Detain Journalist Nawal Nasr at the Qamishli Airport


The Samir Kassir Foundation (SKF) is selecting one case of violations against freedom of expression in Lebanon on a monthly basis and analyzing the reaction garnered on its own social media accounts. The aim is to understand the perception of our own social media audience to our reporting and assess the general level of support to freedom of expression in Lebanon.


In July 2022, SKF chose the case of journalist Nawal Nasr being detained by Syrian Security Services at the Qamishli Airport. Nasr was detained at the Qamishli Airport on July 17 after she headed there to cover the commemoration of the July 19 revolution. She was then taken to the Damascus International Airport where she was released and sent back to Lebanon on July 19.


Out of 122 analyzed accounts, monitored from July 23 to August 2, 2022, 47.5% (58) were against the journalist victim of violation, 38.5% (47) were supportive of her her, and 14% (17) were neutral.

Out of the 122 analyzed accounts, 14% (17) of the users published comments that contained hate speech while 86% (105) of the accounts posted comments that did not contain hate speech.

Out of the 122 analyzed accounts, 2.4% (3) showed affiliation with Hezbollah, 1.6% (2) showed affiliation with the Amal Movement, 1.6% (2) with the Lebanese Forces, 2.4% (3) with the Free Patriotic Movement, 0.8% or one account leaned towards the Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party, and 91% (111) did not exhibit any visible political affiliation.

The three Hezbollah leaning accounts were against the journalist victim of violation. Similarly, the two Amal Movement leaning account were against Nasr. One of the two Lebanese Forces-leaning accounts was with the journalist. Likewise, one of the three Free Patriotic Movement-leaning accounts was with the victim of violation while the other two were against her. The only SSNP-leaning account posted content directed against Nasr.


There were significantly more comments posted by male users (88 users) than those posted by female users (34 users). Additionally, more male users (14) posted content that included hate speech than female accounts (3).

This report was made possible through support from the UN Democracy Fund.

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