A Lebanese Activist Was Jailed For Comparing Top Officials To Animals (2017)

“There are three animals currently ruling the country: A crocodile … a donkey … and one that hasn’t been revealed yet.” Ahmad Amhaz was referring to President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri with the words in a post on social media. After receiving a tip about Amhaz’ post, he was detained by police on March 21. Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that authorities interrogated Amhaz without a lawyer present. “The general prosecutor charged him under articles 383, 384, and 386 of Lebanon’s penal code, which criminalize criticism of public officials,” the organization said in a statement. Post to Hariri’s announcement, Ahmad was released.

Censorship Information

Date Released 2017
Date Censored 2017
Official Censoring Entity Cyber Crime Bureau
Censoring Reason Politics
Action Taken Questioned and detained