Alsaha Archive

Alsaha Archive is a project that weaves a collective narrative of recent revolutionary history in Lebanon. The archive is built by a decentralized network of anonymous citizen / refugee journalists, who have documented protests all over the country since the summer of 2019. The team covers critical events from the ground, giving a platform to stories that corporate media censors and keeps from the public eye. 

Our choices around what to cover and how to tag it are politically skewed to the margins of society, which we also inhabit. In content, the material covers moments of uprising in Palestinian refugee camps, the October 17 revolution, feminist and student movements, as well as the ongoing economic crisis. In form, it encompasses creative expression—from street to digital art and video documentation, from police brutality to moments of victory, sounds from the people’s chants, and texts of statements and calls to protest. 

In 2020, an academic study cited Akhbar Alsaha as “one of the most reliable sources” of information on the historic mobilizations. When the Covid-19 pandemic brought protests to an abrupt pause in March 2020, the team, confined to homes and laptops, turned their attention to building the Alsaha Archive. The archive, completely in Arabic, preserves, digitizes, indexes, catalogs, and provides public access to thousands of visual and audiovisual files on an open web platform. 

The platform currently encompasses over 10,000 files and is going through its last edits in anticipation of its launch in June 2022. Users will be able to filter through various tags of metadata and download any of the material, curating their own lists and drawing their own analyses.  

While we view documentation, archiving, history preservation, as well as the liberation of information as participatory processes, we encourage our audience to support our vision of increasing our archive by contributing with new content via a secure form. 

Amidst the ongoing health, economic, and security crises in Lebanon today, our hope is that the Alsaha Archive will reignite the public imagination towards possibilities of better futures, and to remind us of the revolution we created together in the very recent past.  

Alsaha Archive is a project that weaves a collective narrative of recent revolutionary history in Lebanon. The archive is built by a decentralized network of anonymous citizen / refugee journalists, who have documented protests all over the country since the summer of 2019. The team covers critical events from the ground, giving a platform to stories that corporate media censors and keeps from the public eye. 

Our choices around what to cover and how to tag it are politically skewed to the margins of society, which we also inhabit. In content, the material covers moments of uprising in Palestinian refugee camps, the October 17 revolution, feminist and student movements, as well as the ongoing economic crisis. In form, it encompasses creative expression—from street to digital art and video documentation, from police brutality to moments of victory, sounds from the people’s chants, and texts of statements and calls to protest. 

In 2020, an academic study cited Akhbar Alsaha as “one of the most reliable sources” of information on the historic mobilizations. When the Covid-19 pandemic brought protests to an abrupt pause in March 2020, the team, confined to homes and laptops, turned their attention to building the Alsaha Archive. The archive, completely in Arabic, preserves, digitizes, indexes, catalogs, and provides public access to thousands of visual and audiovisual files on an open web platform. 

The platform currently encompasses over 10,000 files and is going through its last edits in anticipation of its launch in June 2022. Users will be able to filter through various tags of metadata and download any of the material, curating their own lists and drawing their own analyses.  

While we view documentation, archiving, history preservation, as well as the liberation of information as participatory processes, we encourage our audience to support our vision of increasing our archive by contributing with new content via a secure form. 

Amidst the ongoing health, economic, and security crises in Lebanon today, our hope is that the Alsaha Archive will reignite the public imagination towards possibilities of better futures, and to remind us of the revolution we created together in the very recent past.  

www.akhbaralsaha.com/archive/

Akhbar AlSaha. We are a network of anonymous citizen / refugee activists and  journalists, who have created a platform for grassroot journalism and documented protests all over the country since the summer of 2019. The team covers critical events from the ground, giving a platform to stories that are often censored by corporate media and kept from the public eye. Our way of working is simple and collaborative. It is based on what each contributor is able to provide in terms of time, attendance, Internet access, technology, political and editorial expertise. Due to the nature of this work, most of the Arena News team has a high turn-over rate that is highly dependent on their availability and capacity to commit. 

Akhbar AlSaha. We are a network of anonymous citizen / refugee activists and  journalists, who have created a platform for grassroot journalism and documented protests all over the country since the summer of 2019. The team covers critical events from the ground, giving a platform to stories that are often censored by corporate media and kept from the public eye. Our way of working is simple and collaborative. It is based on what each contributor is able to provide in terms of time, attendance, Internet access, technology, political and editorial expertise. Due to the nature of this work, most of the Arena News team has a high turn-over rate that is highly dependent on their availability and capacity to commit.