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Lebanon newspaper publishes 'no news' protest edition






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Lebanon's English-language newspaper was published on Thursday without any news. It had largely blank pages. The front page simply said "Lebanon". The inside pages had headlines about the country's problems. The back page had a photo of a cedar tree with the caption: "Wake up before it's too late." The newspaper said it had, "refrained from publishing news articles" to protest against the country's worsening economy and political situation.

Speaking about the protest, the editor-in-chief said: "The aim is to ring the alarm bells about all the challenges that our country is facing." She called on "politicians and everyone to pull together". Some of the headlines in the paper highlighted a government deadlock, pollution, public debt, unemployment and illegal weapons flooding the country. The editor-in-chief said: "It's enough that people take notice of these problems and think."

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