American University of Beirut

To Speak or Not to Speak: Tackling Recent Violations of Freedom of Expression in Lebanon

​​​​Policy Bri​ef

​Research Team:
Alexi Touma and Mira Zaghbour, Civil Society Actors and Policy-Making, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, AUB

Civil Society Actors and Policy-Making, January 2020


The past year has been tremulous for freedom of expression in Lebanon as several activists, journalists, and everyday citizens faced interrogations, detentions, and censorship at the hands of the judiciary and security forces. Many of these cases are rooted in outdated defamation laws and have garnered significant public attention, particularly on social media. This paper examines the various legal, political, and social aspects surrounding freedom of expression violations and what can be done in addressing the matter.​

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