Newspapers in Lebanon are taking a tumble one after another as a result of the political, economic and financial turmoil plaguing the country. Editors of locally popular newspapers such as An-Nahar, As-Safir and Al Liwaa have sent out memos to their staff signifying doom for the print era of Lebanese journalism, with the main reasons being instability in the region, financial debt and their inability to stay abreast of the information revolution. Several newspapers in the country are backed by political parties, which has affected the quality of journalism and content. However, the ugly truth remains that being independent is unsustainable, said Abu-Fadil, who is also the director of Media Unlimited. The war in neighboring Syria as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries ending financial aid to Lebanon , have increased pressure on the country as a whole. There are publications, such as An-Nahar, that are supported by Gulf countries even though they operate from Lebanon.
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Al Liwaa was founded in In , Al Liwaa was charged by the government with defaming the president and prime minister , and publishing materials deemed provocative to one religious sect. In November , the newspaper published an image of Gal Gadot on its front page, claiming she was Collette Vianfi, supposedly an Israeli agent who was said to recruit and work with the Lebanese actor and playwright Ziad Itani. It has then stated that it was the result of an internal error.
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Are Lebanon’s print newspapers in danger?