Beirut Pride suspends opening night until further notice

Statements from both the queer community in Lebanon and religious authorities called for its boycott, but for vastly different reasons.

Lebanese actor Ziad Itani being carried after his release in 2018. (AP Photo | Hussein Malla)
Ziad Itani, Lebanon’s torture epidemic and its frail courts

In his harrowing testimony, Ziad Itani said he was hung by his wrists for hours, kicked in the face enough to damage his teeth, and threatened with rape.

Does Lebanon really have a press freedom problem, or is it just getting bad press?

Lebanon fairs better than most in the region when it comes to freedom of the press, but that doesn’t say much when your counterparts include Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Turkey.

Protesters gathered in Downtown Beirut following interrogations by the cybercrime bureau of at least six activists for comments they made via social media in July.
Suzan is gone, but the bureau’s violations persist

The violations against the freedom of expression aren’t coincidental. They warn of a political decision to contain any critical voice—even if its platform is social media—using intimidation tactics.

Children Undefined: Government shortcomings threaten orphanage in Lebanon

With 175 children to support, the Arab Orphan Home Association orphanage tries to compensate for the government’s shortcomings in supporting the economically marginalised.