Lebanon: Increase in cultural censorship
“The alarming security situation in 2013 had a negative impact on media and cultural freedom in Lebanon,” wrote Firas Talhouk in the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom’s annual report on press and cultural freedom in the Levant.
Censorship of media, media activists and bloggers increases during periods of political tension – the same goes for cultural censorship.
In many cases the decision to ban a play, film or book may stem unofficially from General Security’s “expert” consultants, such as the heads of Lebanon’s religious institutions or political parties.
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