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Lebanon newspaper goes blank to protest political crisis

Lebanon newspaper goes blank to protest political crisis

Lebanon’s oldest newspaper An-Nahar went out to newsstands completely blank on Thursday to protest a political deadlock and economic woes in the tiny Mediterranean country.

A new government would be able to sign off on billions of dollars in aid pledged at a conference in April, notably to help boost the country’s ailing infrastructure.

“The situation is no longer bearable,” Tueni said, adding that the newspaper was not taking sides in the ongoing wrangling.

The blank issue aimed to express “Our deep moral sense of responsibility as a press institution over the disastrous state of the country”, she said.

The tiny country, which weathered its own civil war from 1975 to 1990, has a multi-confessional system of government that seeks to represent all religious sects.

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