This week Lebanon commemorated World Press Freedom Day, an international holiday that aims to raise awareness about the importance of freedom of speech and expression. In addition, May 6 is Lebanese Martyr's Day, which celebrates those journalists and editors who were executed by Ottoman Governor Jamal Bacha in 1916 for advocating for freedom and independence, in what is now known as Martyrs Square. The day is celebrated in both Lebanon and Syria.
During the hundred years that followed, Lebanese journalists continued to be killed for shining a light on the major issues and events shaping their country.
In light of these two holidays, NOW Lebanon celebrates the editors and journalists who have fallen for the sake of freedom of the press.