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Lebanon: Defamation Laws Used to Silence Critics

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November 15, 2019 Video Lebanon: Defamation Laws Used to Silence Critics Thousands Investigated for Defamation after Previous Protests (Beirut) – Lebanese authorities have been increasing their reliance on insult and defamation laws to silence journalists, activists, and others critical of government policies and corruption, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 122-page report, “‘There is a Price to Pay’: The Criminalization of Peaceful Speech in Lebanon,” finds that powerful political and religious figures have increasingly used the country’s criminal insult and defamation…

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