Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Myths and Realities on Lebanon protests

Several Montreal-based organizations are speaking out in defence of the popular protests which have overtaken Lebanon’s capital for more than a week. The groups are concerned with a prevailing bias in Canadian media coverage of the events in Lebanon. It also fuels a dangerous sectarianism that threatens Lebanon.

"The real political choices that people face in Lebanon, with far-reaching consequences for the entire region, are obscured when the contest is again and again mis-represented in the Canadian media as the sectarian manoeuvering of one party and its regional allies to take over the country,” noted Mary Foster, a member of Tadamon-Montreal who returned from a delegation to Lebanon last week.

To read Tadamon's list of common media distortions, click here.