Annahar Daily Issues Blank Edition to Protest Political Gridlock


The reputable Lebanese newspaper Annahar, issued a surprising blank edition of its paper on Thursday in a move described by its Editor-in-chief Nayla Tueini as a protest against the "deteriorating conditions in the country at all levels."

Tueini who held a televised press conference to explain the move, said that Lebanon “is facing one of the most dangerous stages of all times. The white pages of the daily is an expression towards the country's disastrous situation," she said.

Tueini shed light on the stagnant political and economic situation in Lebanon against the backdrop of a stalled Cabinet formation, urging Lebanese officials to form a government after more than five months of delay.

“Today we launch the slogan “A White Day in the Face of Darkness” to sound the alarm over the crisis we are facing and to urge officials to form a government as soon possible,” she said.

“We must make some move. Lebanon must be saved,” she said.

Rebuffing claims that the daily plans to suspend its print version, she said: “It is not true. We will keep printing the paper and will keep the electronic version online despite the country's crises.”

The press in Lebanon has been in crisis for several years, both as it struggles to adapt to the digital era and faces economic difficulties. That has raised concerns about Annahar following suit.

But Tueini brushed-off the rumors assuring that the printed and online editions of the paper will continue.

Since 2016, three newspapers have suspended their print versions including Lebanese al-Anwar, pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat and as-Safir.

Comments 7
Thumb chrisrushlau 11 October 2018, 14:52

The white space is to signify that the Muslim majority should be given the right to vote on a par with Christian Lebanese, as opposed to the present arrangement, under Article 24 of the Constitution, whereby each Christian vote is worth approximately three Muslim votes (Christians are guaranteed half of Parliamentary seats, and there are approximately three times as many Muslims as Christians in Lebanon, Wikipedia noting that no census of sect/ethnicity has been done since 1934 "owing to the sensitivity of the issue" or some such.

Thumb roflmfao 11 October 2018, 16:01

President Hillary Clinton, who was elected by the majority, concurs...

Thumb chrisrushlau 12 October 2018, 13:38

The electoral college is part of our Constitution. It essentially imposes a "winner takes all" voting system state by state. Hillary won some states by large margins, wasting those popular votes. To compare that system to "Christians and Muslims get equal representation" is harking back to when slavery was accepted as constitutional in the US.

Thumb whyaskwhy 11 October 2018, 23:14

Chris your village called in the south, they are missing their idiot please return.

Thumb chrisrushlau 12 October 2018, 13:38

You don't like people from the south? They're not your type?

Thumb roflmfao 11 October 2018, 16:07

So how many blank banknotes will this edition cost?

Thumb s.o.s 11 October 2018, 22:54

What a waste of trees.