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Special Thawra (Revolution) Edition

(Data from: October 17, 2019 till, December 1, 2019)
"The Lebanese protests have ignited an unprecedented national movement. This is seemingly in response to the proposed taxation on gasoline, tobacco and online phone calls through WhatsApp. Yet, in the case of Lebanon, the ballooning of economic, social and environmental and health disparities, are the perfect recipe for disaster, which the government has failed in detecting warning signs and as such in preparing for its catastrophic results.
The protests build on years of frustration and anger at a ruling class whose blatant corruption and government incompetence chipped away at the country's resources, while political insecurity brought on by years of civil wars, multiple invasions, and numerous crises further exacerbated an already crumbling economy. Lebanon has one of the highest debts to GDP ratio worldwide, inequalities are skyrocketing, unemployment rate are steadily rising, the waste crisis remains unresolved, and universal health coverage remains far-fetched.
Let's review below the major demands voiced by protestors".


Dr. Fadi El Jardali
K2P Founding Director

Approach

This Thawra (Revolution) Special Edition required a special and an updated K2P Press Tracing Method. Instead of tracking newspaper, in this edition we tracked keywords such as: 
Revolution, demands, health demands, protests human rights, economy, banks, environment, Bisri dam, government, protestors, hospitals, healthcare, National Security Fund, nutrition, money, currency, reform, corruption.... 
From Ocotober 17, 2019, till December 1, 2019, we were able to assess 124 articles from more than 33 different sources. local, regional and international media platforms, from newswebsites, newspapers,tv stations and radio websites. 

Revolution Demands

Social Media Scope

November 2019
The monthly K2P Press Tracing is composed of three parts:
  • Part One highlights regional distribution of identified articles.
  • Part Two provides subscribers with investigative, news events and advocacy articles from selected newspapers. 
K2P Press Tracing encompasses all health related stories and issues reported in eight Lebanese and regional newspapers: AnnaharAl AkhbarAl HayatAl JoumhouriaAl MustaqbalAl Sharq Al Awsat, and The Daily Star and Addiyar as our latest addition.

Part One - Regional Distribution of Articles

As noted in the chart below, around 68% of articles cover local news, whereas 14% cover international news and 18% cover regional news.
 

Part Two - Monthly Highlights

Annahar
The Daily Star
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