Censorship controls over literary and artistic works and publications in Lebanon today fall under the jurisdiction of the General Directorate of General Security. In fact, General Security has been entrusted with the task of licensing, monitoring, and censoring creative works, which is in part carried out without a legal basis.

General Security's decision-making process is partially influenced by the opinions of religious institutions and political groups, which are often hard to access. The process of censorship is therefore even harder to track in cases where external institutions are involved.

Another form of censorship is self-censorship. Since the censoring and pressuring mechanisms of the censorship authorities are widely known among artists, there might be a tendency to avoid or obliquely address controversial topics in movies, songs, and other works. However, it is almost impossible to track self-censorship, which is why our focus here is on the mechanisms of external censorship.

WHY ARE WORKS BEING CENSORED?

HOW ARE THEY CENSORED?

WHO ARE THE MAIN PLAYERS IN THE CENSORSHIP PROCESS?

WHAT IS CENSORED?

1. Movies:

2. Theater:

3. Press:

4. Books:

5. Radio and Television:

6. Music:

7. Internet:

Sources: Censorship in Lebanon: Law and Practice by N. Geagea, N. Saghieh & R. Saghieh

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