Highly politicized media

Lebanon’s media are outspoken but also extremely politicized and polarized. Newspapers, radio stations, and TV channels serve as the mouthpieces of political parties or businessmen. Lebanon’s criminal code regards defamation and the dissemination of false information as crimes and defines them very broadly. In 2017, the judicial authorities harassed the well-known TV presenter Marcel Ghanem for allowing guests to criticize the Lebanese authorities during his program. Journalists who are prosecuted and convicted by military or print media courts are usually fined but a prison sentence is still legally possible. Bloggers and online journalists may receive summonses from the “bureau for combating cyber-crimes” if something they have posted on a social network elicits a complaint from a private party.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



98 in 2016

Global score


31.95 in 2016


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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