|Artwork by Tarek Chemaly|
What I wish for is for you to come back and do that incedible fact based reporting, without guessing, or adding spices, or fueling hormones, or what not. I want you to come back because I miss that you took time to ask Terje Rød-Larsen about how his name is pronounced, I miss how you went to Islamabad and sent stories from there, I miss how you rationalized stories when everyone else was trying to sansationalize news. From political scoops, to social stories, to murders or suicides, you always brushed off the hype and went straight to what mattered most - the human element in every story, yet you exposed it without drama, all while remaining dignified and retaining the dignity of whomever suffered a loss or a damage.
At a time when news is becoming an outbidding process in search of clicks, in chase of the lowest common denominator, the silver screen needs you to bring back the rational element into the storytelling, all while not negating caring to both - viewers and subjects alike.
I understand you wanted to get away, except with all the fiascos currently filling the airspace, your absence is noted more than ever.
Dear Tania Mehanna, Lebanon needs you.