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Lara Bitar is an editor, researcher, news producer, and writer who works in Beirut, Lebanon.

Over the past decade, she took on different editorial leadership roles in digital, broadcast, and print journalism. Her media practice is founded on a deep sense of place—a geographical imperative—which centers marginalized communities and connects their struggles to broader frameworks.

Bitar writes about media justice, feminist and queer futurities, histories of agitation and the surveillance state, and documents grassroots social movements. To varying degrees, her current work revolves around altering the future of the (local) press, politicizing work(ers), and organizing freelancers. Her current research interests include archives of/as resistance and the role of protest memories. 

Lara Bitar (center) filming a demonstration in Oakland, California. Picture published in The New York Times, “Oakland: the Last Refuge of Radical America.” (Jake Stangel)