"This project aims at scientifically and objectively monitoring attempts at incitement and spread of hatred in online media," Wissam Salibi, LCMI legal researcher, said.
The meeting was attended by Information Minister Tarek Mitri, Salibi, LCMI political science researcher Karim El-Mufti and about a dozen Lebanese journalists who were encouraged to give their input on the issue.
LCMI used three instruments to measure the behavior of the media including the Media Ethics Charter, the Declaration of Principles on the Conduct of Journalists by International Federation of Journalists and a draft law issued by the Information Ministry in association with various NGOs and civil society organizations.
LCMI's job, however, is a very hard and sensitive one.
LCMI will highlight cases of incitement by all political actors, ensuring that the media monitor does not target any one group at the expense of the other.
The small grants component of the project, under which LCMI is funded, aims at building the media capacity of Lebanese civil society and incorporating media into the role of youth in good governance.
Building on that research, LCMI held workshops in schools.
During the LCMI workshop, participants were divided into two groups.
Students were then told how to identify incitement of hatred on user-generated websites and how to report their findings to the website's administration or to LCMI.