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Conflict Incident Report

Feud between MTV and Al-Jadeed escalates

Date of incident: 
February 28, 2017
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Lebanese Civilians

BEIRUT: The MTV channel accused employees of a hotel owned by rival station Al-Jadeed head, Tahseen Khayyat, of detaining its journalists Tuesday.

MTV claimed that security agents at the 1866 Hotel in Beirut’s Hamra district held two of its journalists without an explanation and under mysterious circumstances.

However, Al-Jadeed alleged in a tweet that a “team of MTV [journalists] broke into a hotel owned by Tahseen Khayat.” Al-Jadeed said that the two MTV journalists “impersonated” its photojournalists, prompting security to hold them for questioning.

MTV’s reporter later said that their vehicles could be easily identified, as they had the logos of the station on them.

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Individual acts of violence
Violent incidents which do not have a specific or a known political agenda but are caused by the general proliferation of weapons, of trained and untrained soldiers or militants, by the general inefficiency of the Justice system, and past-traditions and histories of violence within society.