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Lebanon: Punishing the October protest movement

, N° d'index: MDE 18/2628/2020

The Lebanese authorities have been relentlessly harassing journalists and activists who were visible during the October protest movement, through the use of defamation laws that fail to meet international standards and unduly restrict people’s right to exercise their freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today. Since 17 October 2019, security and military agencies have summoned and interrogated dozens of individuals, some repeatedly, in relation to social media posts criticizing the authorities, even though none of these agencies are mandated to look into issues of free speech.

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