The caretaker Minister of Information, Ziad Makari, kicked off the works of “Beirut, Arab Media Capital 2023” on Tuesday evening. The ceremony took place in the oval room of the Middle East Airlines Training and Conference Center (MECC), located near the main entrance of the Beirut airport.

About five hundred people attended the event, including media professionals, TV and radio station owners, and journalists.

“Beirut, Arab Media Capital 2023” aims to consolidate relations between the Lebanese and Arab media, and to encourage the establishment of partnerships. Projects, such as the creation of digital platforms, websites, programs, and TV series, should eventually create thousands of jobs for young Lebanese.

The economic crisis that has hit Lebanon since 2019 has had a considerable impact on the media sector. Several local institutions have been forced to make massive layoffs or even close down their operations. The deteriorating living conditions have pushed other media outlets, as well as production houses, to relocate to the Gulf countries.

Click here to consult the “Beirut Document” which defines the Lebanese vision of the function, role and responsibilities of the media.