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Sabbah Brothers Distribution Company Decides not to Screen Egypt’s Mawlana in Lebanon
February 15, 2017
Source: Beirut – Skeyes
 The Sabbah Brothers distribution company decided, on February 7, 2017, not to screen the Egyptian film Mawlana in Lebanese cinemas if the General Security’s censorship department insisted on censoring 12 minutes of the movie. The company has also submitted a petition to the General Security and the Ministry of the Interior Nohad Al-Mashnouk asking them to reconsider their position.“The movie supervision committee had required that 12 minutes be removed from the film before it can be sc

We told you about Saydnaya... More than eight years ago!
February 9, 2017
On December 18, 2008, SKeyes published a story about shootings at and a military deployment around the Saydnaya prison in Syria. What Amnesty International revealed earlier this week shows the scale of the massacre that has been taking place in the infamous prison long before the 2011 uprising.The story mentions Firas Saad, who had served prison time in Saydnaya. After his release, he wrote extensively about his experience, and about how the Assad regime used Saydnaya as a lab to test how radica

Palestinian authorities ban 'Crime in Ramallah' novel over 'indecency'
February 8, 2017
Source: The New Arab
Palestinian authorities have banned a novel by a local author for indecency, the writer said on Tuesday [February 7, 2017], calling the decision an "unprecedented" attack on freedom of expression.Attorney General Ahmed Barak said the recently published "Crime in Ramallah" contained "indecent texts and terms that threaten morality and public decency, which could affect the population, in particular minors".He insisted the decision "does not violate freedom of opinion and expression".Abbad Yahya's

The EU launches the 12th edition of the "Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press"
January 31, 2017
 During a press conference held today, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 at Le Gray Hotel, Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the Delegation, launched the 12th edition of the "Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press" together with Ms Gisèle Khoury-Kassir, President of the Samir Kassir Foundation, and representatives from EU Member States. The "Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press", which has been awarded by the European Union since 2006, honours the Lebanese journalist and writer