|Protestors set tires ablaze following Army clashes in Arsal. Photo: Al Shorfa|
Last week I wrote a piece about how religion is used to define conflict reporting in Lebanon, particularly when it comes to the “dangerous Shia” narrative. But Islamophobic discourse has also been applied to reporting on Sunni communities in Lebanon. See my column in Bold Magazine this month “Fear and Loathing in Arsal” for a closer look at how army clashes in the Syrian border town have perpetuated terrorism narratives.
Also see this video, mentioned in the piece, to see how some protestors helped reproduce these narratives, disseminated by mainstream Lebanese television: