Censorship
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Lebanon 🇱🇧 is a Middle Eastern country. One of the more religiously diverse Arab nations, there are groups of Maronite Christianity, Shia Islam, and Druzism.

General censorship[]

The State of Israel is not recognised by the Lebanese government. Israeli citizens are banned from entering Lebanon. Lebanon is designated as an enemy state by Israeli law.

Book censorship[]

  • Sophie's Choice - this novel by William Styron was banned for its positive depiction of Jews.
  • Schindler's Ark - this novel by Thomas Keneally was also banned for its positive depiction of Jews.
  • The Da Vinci Code - this novel by Dan Brown was banned in September 2004 in Lebanon after Catholic leaders deemed it offensive to Christianity.
  • Grover's Ember Nights of Light - this Sesame Street book was banned in 2017 for its promotion of Hannukah.

Internet censorship[]

Movie censorship[]

  • The Da Vinci Code - Banned due to blasphemous content.
  • Persepolis - This animated film was initially banned after some clerics found it to be "offensive towards Iran and Islam". The ban was later lifted after an outcry in Lebanese intellectual and political circles.
  • Waltz with Bashir - this film was banned in Lebanon, with the most harsh critics saying the film depicts a vague and violent time in Lebanon's history. A movement of bloggers, among them the Lebanese Inner Circle, +961 and others have rebelled against the Lebanese government's ban of the film, and have managed to get the film seen by local Lebanese critics, in defiance of their government's request on banning it. In January 2009, however, the film was privately screened in front of 90 people. Since then many screenings have taken place. Unofficial copies are also available in the country.
  • Chou sar? - this documentary covering the Lebanon Civil War was banned without a reason being provided by the General Security Department.
  • Beirut Hotel - this film was banned for political reasons.
  • Faith 1453 - banned for being offensive to Christianity.
  • The Attack - this film was banned due to its director, Ziad Doueiri, filming it in Israel.
  • Too Much Love Can Kill You - this film was banned for being blasphemous and provocative.
  • I Offered You Pleasure - this film was banned due to tackling issues of sexual discrimination and the oppression of social traditions.
  • Stranger by the Lake - this film was banned for showing a romantic relationship between two men.
  • Wonder Woman (2017) - This film was banned due to the lead actress, Gal Gadot, being Israeli as well an IDF former soldier and supporter, and Lebanon and Israel have been fighting for decades. However, the sequel Wonder Woman 1984 was not banned.
  • Wasp - this French film was banned for centering around a gay couple.
  • I Say Dust - this film was banned due to the presence of a same-sex kiss.
  • In This Land Lay Graves of Mine - this film tackles fears of communities about demographic partition stemming from massacres and displacements perpetrated along sectarian lines during the Lebanese Civil War. It was banned for “stimulating sectarian and partisan zealotries and disturbing civil peace.”
  • Personal Affairs - this film was banned for being produced by an Israeli company and filmed in Israel.
  • Eternals - This film was released with the scenes of intimacy (whether heterosexual or homosexual) cut, as it is standard for the local market.
  • Onward - the scene where Specter indicates she is a lesbian, where she says "It's not easy being a new parent—my girlfriend's daughter got me pulling my hair out, okay?" was redubbed by replacing "my girlfriend's daughter" with "my sister's daughter".
  • Beach House - this film a late-night dinner party in which two sisters play host to an old friend and his male companion, was banned due to the revelation that the two male characters were lovers.
  • Mawlana - this film, which critiques corruption and fundamentalism, was banned in 2017, until it was lifted when parts of the film were cut out.
  • Spotlight - this 2016 film about the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests was self-censored as it was too sensitive for the censors, as well to avoid controversies with the Church.
  • Panoptic - this documentary was banned in Lebanon due to the director Rana Eid refusing to remove a single sentence and any military presence, as well for being critical of the Lebanese military.
  • Justice League - this film was banned in Lebanon due to the presence of Israeli actress Gal Gadot.
  • Jungle - this film was banned in Lebanon due to it being based on the true story of a former Israeli navy serviceman.
  • Death on the Nile - this film was banned in Lebanon due to the presence of Israeli actress Gal Gadot in its cast.
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru - this film was banned because of a scene with a nun wielding "nun"chucks.
  • Lightyear - this film was banned in Lebanon for featuring a same-sex kiss.
  • Scream VI - this horror film was banned due to the presence of a same-sex kiss between the two openly-queer couple Mindy Meeks-Martin and Anika Kayoko.
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spiderverse - this film was banned in Lebanon for no official reason disclosed, but it may have been because a transgender flag, which had the slogan "Protect Trans Kids" on it, was briefly shown on Gwen's bedroom wall.
  • Borat - while this film got banned in every single Arab country, it was surprisingly not banned in Lebanon, because the film censors in those countries found it impossible to even censor it without leaving plot holes open.

Television censorship[]

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