Analysis Will the Last Newspaper Editor to Leave Beirut Please Turn Out the Lights

Is the financial crisis threatening Lebanon’s newspapers a blow to press freedom and freedom of speech? Or were they illusions in the first place?

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The Lebanese newspaper As-Safir printed its final edition last Saturday. In a short video posted on YouTube, founder and editor-in-chief Talal Salman can be seen taking his scarf and turning off the lights in...