Just to point out that the source of your article is: Jungle Republic: Lebanese detained for 'cussing officials' on FacBe careful with what you say @The Jade they are busy hunting kids on Facebook..
Jungle Republic: Lebanese detained for 'cussing officials' on Facebook
A man was charged by authorities in Lebanon over an 'insulting' Facebook post critical of public officials, including President Michel Aoun, local media reported.
Ahmad Amhaz appeared on Monday before a judge who issued a formal arrested warrant over a Facebook post, in which Amhaz criticised Lebanon's president, premier and speaker of parliament.
"There are three animals currently ruling the country: A crocodile… a donkey… and one that hasn't been revealed yet," the February Facebook post read with the hashtag #republicofthejungle.
Amhaz was subsequently detained on March 21.
Monday's judge charged him of defamation and insulting high-ranking officials, according to Lebanon's The Daily Star.
Ayman Mhanna, director of Skeyes, a press freedom NGO, said this was the first time someone had been detained before a trial.
"We're very concerned," he told AFP, "What's also worse is the head of the bar association issued a gag order against the (defence) lawyer, who can't talk to the media."
Lebanese law criminalises libel and defamation of public officials, and those found guilty of insulting the president, flag or the national emblem face up to two years in jail.
Human Rights Watch slammed Amhaz's detention and arrest, calling it a part of a "troubling pattern" in a statement on Monday.
"The authorities should free Ahmad Amhaz and drop the charges against him, and parliament should repeal vague and overbroad laws that criminalise free speech," said HRW's deputy Middle East director Lama Fakih.
"Laws that allow imprisonment in response to criticism of individuals or government officials are incompatible with Lebanon's international obligations to protect freedom of expression," HRW said, adding that the terms "libel", "defamation" and "insult" were ill-defined in Lebanese law.
Lebanese authorities have periodically detained and even sentenced citizens for criticising public officials, but the accused are often pardoned or have their sentences commuted.
Last June, a prominent lawyer was arrested after accusing government officials of possible complicity in a sex trafficking ring.
And in 2014, a Lebanese web developer was sentenced to two months in jail for insulting then president Michel Sleiman on Twitter, although the sentence was eventually overturned.
In principle yes; but I read the article. It speaks of having taxes on all territories; it can't be exclusive to certain areas. And this is what the current tax law is. It is done on all Lebanese territory.
Disgusting, if true. Where's FPM Jbeil in this particular case as well as in the general picture of Jbeil, presented here by the guy in the video?
Can someone please explain to me in few bullet points what the problem is?Disgusting, if true. Where's FPM Jbeil in this particular case as well as in the general picture of Jbeil, presented here by the guy in the video?
Ye3ne at least this is an area/district where FPM's weight should have an impact, make a difference and be able to achieve something. Or are local political deals between "saints" and "sharks" like quicksand, once you're in with a foot you're helplessly lost, whole body and soul?
Let's say no one believed that anti-corruption miracles will start to pop up like popcorn everywhere, the minute Aoun became president. After all the man and his office is only one cog in the bigger machinery's wheel and especially on a country-wide scale where also numerous political octopus are active. Almost a year after his election however, at least SOMETHING could/should be shown to the public signaling some positive change, what makes the difference between banking on an FPM real political influence and the absence of it. Can anyone show such difference?
In other words, this thread raises a legitimate question: what have Aoun presidency, and FPM at the core of political power, so far contributed with regarding corruption? A list containing ANYTHING, even failed attempts, would do.
Would be great if @Jo can bring in someone from within the party's "politburo for political propaganda" to shed some light over this particular issue.
In essence it's about the general and broad issue of corruption. Many did put big hopes in FPM and its will to start doing something about it once at the center of political power.Can someone please explain to me in few bullet points what the problem is?
I was not following this thread, sorry.
I will try to get an answer from one of Jbeil's MP on these 2 points.In essence it's about the general and broad issue of corruption. Many did put big hopes in FPM and its will to start doing something about it once at the center of political power.
I thought some feedback on "wazzup" from FPM people with direct insight and a close encounter with the subject can help us understand where and how things are moving on the issue.
But if you start by watching the video posted by Jade things may become a little clearer. According to the clip:
- Fares S3eid is still crooking around in Jbeil, covered by his old political buddy, the interior minister
- Crimes against the environment in Jbeil are still committed in the open and no one is doing anything about it
Ba3dak bi hal sireh? Ya fal7a?I challenge FPMers to name me ONE thing their anti-corruption minister has done since he took office. Meanwhile, he's been wining, dining, and travelling with his extended family abroad on the State's dime. That's your anti-corruption minister, people.