Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Corrupt Media of Lebanon

Unlike all Arab countries, Lebanon is the country of freedom...freedom to be corrupt.

We should all be proud that all our media outlets (press, TV and Radio) have been ultra corrupt since independence. A few years ago a prominent journalist said on live TV that he is proud to receive "financial assistance" from friendly countries. I wonder how much are countries in the Gulf and Iran paying our honest journalists and media owners?

Indeed, most media outlets in Lebanon are on the take. They either work for the Hariris, get financed by them, are aspiring to receive Hariri funds or are being financed by their regional enemies and sometimes friends.

Without corruption most media outlets will close and only the most read, viewed or listened to would survive.

No wonder corruption is rarely exposed and things never change. No wonder murderers and thieves rule us. Everything is for sale in Lebanon and we brag about it and then when things go wrong, we cry.

The corrupt are only exposed if they do not pay their political and media dues. And if by chance anyone talks about media corruption...the corrupt media of Lebanon unites and cries of "freedom of the press" are raised.

What a dirty lot!

Long live Blogging and the Internet!


Anonymous ghassan karam said...

How true, how true. No Arab country has any claim to an independent professional media since in most cases whatever passes for the press or radio and TV is government owned and controlled. Lebanon is the exception, most media outlets are to the contrary owned by the private sector.These outlets , however, are either owned or financed by either political parties, foreign governments or act as a mouth piece for one group or the other. Not one media outlet operates objectively and is driven to serve the national interest and the truth wherever it leads.

18 May, 2006 17:30  
Anonymous frencheagle said...

wlc in the club of those already aware of it ;)

18 May, 2006 17:56  
Anonymous mwb said...

And that is the case only in Lebanon? Is the media much more independent in developed countries such as in Europe or the US? There is no such thing as free media. Everyone has an agenda, only some are less skilled in hiding it than others.

18 May, 2006 19:46  
Anonymous ghassan Karam said...

Don't use the fact that there might not be a perfectly free media anywhere in the world to make the silly assertion that there is no difference between the lightening and the lightening bug.
You cannot expect to be taken seriously when you explain the total failure of say, Tashreen, AlAhram or AlMustaqbal to be on the same level as the problems encountered by say London Times, NYT, Guardian or Le Monde. Give me a break!!!

18 May, 2006 22:26  
Anonymous mwb said...

Exactly what I was saying. I didn't say that the Guardian & Cie aren't infinitely better than the repressive regimes' mouthpieces. I just said that they were more professionnal and could therefore get their messages accross more subtly. Relax.

19 May, 2006 01:30  
Anonymous mwb said...

And come on, we still have some relatively respectable newspapers in Lebanon, I mean compared to Tishreen or Mustaqbal.

19 May, 2006 02:08  
Blogger bech said...

The problem is not just corruption but ideology. In this sense there is practically no difference between a government controlled newspaper, tv etc. or a privately owned one.
Tishreen is as much a piece of rag than Mustaqbal and others because both abide by one worldview that is quite remote from the subtelties of reality.
You guys should check my comment on, for example, l'Orient le Jour the second after the Hezbollah/Aoun/Communist/Syndicate demonstration:

Corruption becomes a side-effect, something convenient in the distortion process.

19 May, 2006 14:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least Lebanon has a free media (relatively speaking) and had had great journalists and announcers over the years. They were the original in the arab world along with Egypt (and even Egypt journalism early on was helped by Lebanese and Syrians).

Meanwhile in Syria, one can go to prison for demanding basic human rights or his country to be a little different, or people can be murdered like what happened in Lebanon last year.
Please forward this link to as many people as possible. is dedicated to demanding Michel Kilo's release

20 May, 2006 03:07  
Blogger mike said...

hello evryone israelis and lebenonis
hello evryone there who is reading this letter. first of all i want to apologaize if my english not so well but ill try o.k. i bealive that u will understand evrything.
so, here it is, first of al my name is Mike and i am from israel from Nahariya. as u know Nahariya has boombed all the time even now thia city got the most boombs from all the citys. me myself thinking that its not good and not healty to enyone. alot of peaple dying ther both of sides a lot of destruction and its very bad. but u know what and i know deep in my heart that u r lebenonis who lives ther in the south u hate the Hizbala and dont want them there at all couse they r destroy your life there and threat u that hey will kill u and your family and i thing beacouse that u cant do nothing. so what i advising u to all the lebenonis that against that hizbala write here in the internet as more ull write as many peaple will indentify with us and maybe like that we will get out the fucking hizballa to syria!!!!! i know that u r not guilty at all, maybe a little that u dont fight with syria, maybe u r afraid from them but if u all will go and ull be against syria evrything could change. syria and eran r guilty with evrything eran suplay the money and syria the man to hizbala, this 2 countrys r need to "fix" them and kill al who threaten on the world.
and this is a big message to syria and eran, u r so week, so week that u already start to talk like chikens before someone came to u and talk with u, yes yes and remmember one thing and save it into your head for on's and all: israeli army is the best in the world it was always we r the best and we dont afraid nothing at all!!! maybe we r not suicide and not fanatik like u (hizbala) beacouse its not in our religene that "fanatik" word and even not in yours its something that u made it up, but dont worry this time its for real and this time its to the end and dont worry syria u r not so threat like u r show your self, and we and i and i bealive all the lebenonis pray that israel army will bombed u for once at all. dont worry it will come and when it will come..... u will see and u will cry so many tears will fall from u like the our and lebenonis tears that falling now at this days.

u know what i realy dont understand but all the world and i mean al the world have problem with the muslems why for got sick only with u? something is wrong with u gugs, maybe u want to rull of all over the world and if u cant so u go to other option to suicite, tis is good? ha?

20 July, 2006 13:19  

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