Charlie Beckett, director of the new Polis think-tank on journalism and society — a joint venture of the London School of Economics and London College of Communications — has made the third post on his blog. In Lebanon — Tourist trap of tank trap?, about a recent visit and travel piece, he urges people to still go there:
I stand by my recommendation to go to Lebanon – even now – though of course it wouldnâ€™t be wise to go to those areas currently embroiled in this latest ritual of hostility. We must all calculate our own sense of what is secure but I think people are increasingly refusing to be panicked by incidents like this and journalists should not shirk from reporting the beautiful as well as the ugly sides of life.
The Foreign Office does not share his view pointing out Beirut airport is closed, all ports are under navel blockade and the main Beirut-Damascus highway is closed. It advises against all travel to the area.
Charlie gave his advice the same day as Reporters Sans FrontiÃ¨res reported that seven journalists had been injured in the country.