Lebanon

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Country Overview

In Lebanon Rooted in Trust is working to address the impacts of pandemic related information with vulnerable communities across the country, with a particular focus on Syrian refugees in the Bekaa and Akkar governorates.

Following the information ecosystem assessment done in Lebanon in 2021 entitled “Peeling the Onion: a multi-layered infodemic and its impact on trust for Syrians in Lebanon,” the Internews Rooted in Trust project focuses primarily on Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon to acknowledge and unpack the unique experiences for Syrians at a time when information is heavily impacted by Lebanon’s various compounding crises. Lebanon’s traditional media landscape was set up in the wake of the country’s decades long civil war and continues to reflect Lebanon’s political status quo today. Media outlets and online platforms seldom cover issues specific to politically marginalized communities such as Syrian Refugees or even Migrant Workers.

We are working alongside:

Maharat Foundation, a women-led Beirut based nonprofit organization, acting as a catalyst, defending and advancing the development of democratic societies governed by the values of freedom of expression, access to information and respect for human rights across all regions in Lebanon. Maharat has also been supporting alternative media platforms and community media platforms at local levels and has been implementing activities related to amplifying voices of people including marginalized communities all over Lebanon, refugees included.

Endless Medical Advantage (EMA), a refugee-led organization providing sustainable healthcare services and humanitarian aid and relief to the refugee populations and vulnerable communities across the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. EMA aims to provide sustainable healthcare solutions to continue supporting vulnerable communities living in remote and isolated areas of the Bekaa valley primarily with a mobile medical service.

Akkarouna, a local non-profit covering the northern Lebanon regions. Its aim is to achieve sustainable socio-economic growth through youth, women and children empowerment by building their capacities, enhancing community networks, implementing development projects and spreading awareness about rights and citizenship under 5 key pillars: Shelter, Protection, Social Stability, Livelihood and Governance.

In order to stay up to date with latest developments in the humanitarian and health response, the Lebanon team participates and contributes to the Risk Communication & Community Engagement (RCCE) meeting, National Health Cluster meeting and National Interagency meeting, where we also share findings and analysis linked to COVID-19 rumor tracking.

Rumor Tracking Trainings (RTTs), are also being organized with different health partners from the RCCE network and local communities. The aim of these trainings is to empower health actors with the tools they need to track COVID-19 rumors and establish a shared online opensource rumor database at the national level where they would be able to track unique rumor trends, fact check them, and adapt their awareness activities to reach the most affected population groups.

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IEA

Information Ecosystem Assessment

Rooted In Trust

Know which way the wind is blowing: ACCESS AND TRUST IN A MULTI-LAYEREDINFODEMIC FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES AND VULNERABLE LEBANESE IN LEBANON

The demand-side analysis was conducted by Internews between April and July 2022, and it focused on the information needs, access, trust, influence, sharing, and literacy of Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese community members. The demand-side analysis adopted a mixedmethodological approach that combined different data gathering techniques, including focus group discussions (FGDs), key informant interviews (KIIs), a community survey, and desk research with a view to providing nuanced and detailed information.

Rooted In Trust

Spilling the beans: Access and trust in a multi-layered infodemic for migrant workers in Lebanon

This study seeks to explore access to information and the vulnerabilities of migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lebanon. The study used various data collection methods including focus group discussions (FGDs), key informant interviews (KIIs), and community surveys with migrant workers, including relevant stakeholders such as staff from local organizations and media outlets. Migrant workers of the following nationalities took part in the study: Egyptian, Sudanese, Ethiopian, Bangladeshi, Filipino, and Sri Lankan.

Rooted In Trust

PEELING THE ONION: a multi-layered infodemic and its impact on trust for syrians in lebanon

This research unpacks the unique experiences for Syrians at a time when information is heavily impacted by Lebanon’s various compounding crises.
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Bulletins

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – 15 Dec – 15 Jan (English)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – 15 Dec – 15 Jan (Arabic)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – 16-31 Jan (English)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – 16-31 Jan (Arabic)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – 1-15 Feb (English)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – 1-15 Feb (Arabic)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – 1-31 March (English)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – 1-31 March (Arabic)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – 1-15 April (Arabic)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – 15-30 April  (English)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – 15-30 April (Arabic)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – May  (English)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – May (Arabic)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – July  (English)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – July (Arabic)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – August  (English)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – August (Arabic)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – October  (English)

Lebanon – Community Rumor Bulletin – October (Arabic)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – 15 Dec – 15 Jan (Arabic)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – 16-31 Jan (English)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – 16-31 Jan (Arabic)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – 01-15 Feb  (English)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – 01-15 Feb (Arabic)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – 01-31 March  (English)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – 01-31 March (Arabic)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – 1-15 April  (English)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – 1-15 April (Arabic)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – 15-30 April  (English)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – 15-30 April (Arabic)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – May  (English)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – May (Arabic)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – June  (English)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – June (Arabic)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – October  (English)

Lebanon – Humanitarian Rumor Bulletin – October (Arabic)

Talkwalker

Social Media Snapshot

Rooted in Trust uses qualitative and quantitative approaches to collect and respond to misinformation in the contexts where we work. The information below is powered by Talkwalker and aims to give a quick snapshot of the trends in information being shared about COVID-19 on social media in this context. This data is meant as illustrative of general trends rather than being representative of the beliefs of all groups.

TRENDING TOPICS

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SENTIMENT ANALYSIS

For a more comprehensive analysis of misinformation shared in online and offline spaces that intentionally seeks out the beliefs and opinions of vulnerable members of the community, please see our Rumor Bulletins.
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Maharat Foundation

82% of people with COVID-19 are deficient in vitamin D

RNA vaccine changes us genetically

Hospitals in Lebanon have reached their limit in receiving Covid-19 patients, and it has become impossible to have a single bed empty

Scientists manage to discover the main source that spread of the virus that causes Covid-19

Pollution increases the risk of death in Covid-19 by at least 15% … and in Lebanon it is higher!

Immunity to the Covid-19 virus may last only a few months

A new strain of Covid-19 is spreading in European countries

“Lebanon24” website published an article under the title: With these foods and natural mixtures, you fight Covid-19

A shocking recent study proves the effect of the Covid-19 virus on the male hormone

WhatsApp groups transmitted a statement to the head of the intensive care department at Rafic Hariri Governmental Hospital, Dr. Mahmoud Hassoun says in it, “Covid-19 in Lebanon is no longer dangerous, immunity in Lebanon is strong. Covid-19 did not kill us as it did in European countries, and this is due to genetics.”

“LebNow” tweeted, “Scientists: Covid-19 damages the heart muscle.”

“What Doctors Don’t Tell You” page on facebook has published a video about the 5G radiation that will increase the incidence of Covid 19 virus, which also leads to a weakening of the immune system

Blood type O is less infected with Covid-19 than is type A

Rumors spread on social media about the Pfizer vaccine, which is expected to arrive in Lebanon in mid-February, and it said, “Beware of the death vaccine. This vaccine is imposed by the major secret and controlling organizations, which have major interests and benefits.”

Blood type O is less infected with Covid-19 than is type A

The Maharat News” monitoring team collected a group of frequently circulating rumors confirming that “the new strain of Covid-19 virus may infect children more frequently.”