In an attempt to protest against the “Deteriorating conditions in the country at all levels”, as Editor-in-chief Nayla Tueini puts it, the Lebanese Newspaper Annahar published eight blank pages on Thursday.
During a press conference that was broadcast live on Lebanese TV, Tueini explained that this is a way to protest against the deteriorating economic and political crisis in Lebanon.
Tueni continued saying, “The pen is a weapon and the whiteness of the pages of today’s issue is our weapon, and we have used our pen in all stages and battles for Lebanon and its people. The duty of the pen is to convey the people’s anxieties and concerns”.
This peaceful protest also expresses frustration regarding the birth of the government, where Lebanon has been waiting for five months for the Cabinet members to be announced, causing a national halt.
During the press conference, Tueini has discussed the situation of print media. Several publishing giants have put a stop to their print versions including Lebanese al-Anwar, pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat, as-Safir, and most recently, Dar al Sayyad.
The rumors have been haunting Annahar for a couple of years now Tueini went on to rebut the rumors and assure that Annahar will continue its online and offline presence.
Annahar’s protest was published on The Washington Post, New York times, Business Insider, Daily Mail, France24, The News Tribune and other international media.