Police went to the home Ali Khalife, who works for the Lebanese Al Jadeed TV, to question him on charges of “defacing and spreading online images” of former prime minister Rafic Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005.
“I was on my way to work when I found out that the police had come to my house to arrest me. But I carried on with my day normally,” Khalife told The New Arab.
“I made the pictures in photoshop. I haven’t vandalised any public or private property,” he added.
Khalife posted several photoshopped images on Facebook of commemorative posters of Hariri in Sidon – the slain politician’s hometown – with satirical answers to the poster’s caption: “How is Sidon?”
Khalife’s mother Souhayla said that police had arrived at their home in the town of al-Ghazieh, south of Sidon, with search warrants and combed the house for her son.
In response, many Lebanese have said that Khalife’s arrest has infringed his right to freedom of speech.