A session about freedom of expression in Lebanon at BAU

18 April 2024


The Human Rights Center at Beirut Arab University, in cooperation with Amnesty International Lebanon, organized a session about freedom of expression in Lebanon and how the Lebanese authorities and influential individuals, including political, judicial, religious and security figures, resorted to laws of contempt, penal defamation to disturb, intimidate and silence people who criticize them or attempt to uncover their behavior or corruption.

The session, which was moderated by Ms. Reina Wehbe from Amnesty International, included an introduction about the organization, its objectives, its operation in Lebanon and the region, as well as a campaign entitled "My opinion is not a crime" to support journalists and human rights defenders and to call on the Lebanese Parliament to repeal all laws that criminalize contempt and defamation.