The fear and loathing of Syrian refugees in Lebanon - The Listening Post (Feature)

Over a million Syrians have fled to Lebanon since the war began but their reception across the border has grown increasingly hostile.

Pick up a Lebanese newspaper or turn on the TV and you think conclude that problems that have dogged Lebanon for years such as electricity cuts, a lack of jobs and chronic pollution all began with the arrival of the refugees.

The toxic rhetoric often starts at the political level but since almost every news outlet in Lebanon has some kind of political affiliation the rhetoric often finds its way in the reporting.

Ayman Mhanna, executive director, Samir Kassir Foundation
Kareem Chehayeb, journalist
Diana Moukalled, TV producer and columnist
Walid Abboud, editor-in-chief, MTV

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