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#FreeMustafaSbeity: With the Detention of Lebanese Poet, Authorities Show Lack of Grace

Update on December 13, 2017: After 15 days of detention, poet Mustafa Sbeity was released on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, after paying a bail of 500000 L.L. (around $333), according to Annahar. However, the public prosecutor did not drop the charges against Sbeity and his case remains open. On Monday, the Internal Security Forces’ Intelligence Unit […]

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Why Boycott Lebanon’s Mobile Phone Operators, Alfa and touch?

للقراءة باللغة العربية A self-described independent youth movement is waging what it is referring to as a “polite struggle” (الكفاح_المهذب#) against state corruption in Lebanon, taking particular aim at the Telecommunications Ministry. Fed up with the high cost of cell phone services, online activists are calling for a one-day boycott of the two state-owned mobile […]

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Self-Expression is not a Crime: Release Bassel al-Amin

Bassel al-Amin, a Lebanese journalism student in his early 20s, is still detained two days after his interrogation over a Facebook status. On December 6, 2016, Bassel al-Amin was summoned to the Public Prosecution’s office, under the orders of Judge Randa Yaqthan, over comments he made online. The drill is now familiar to anyone monitoring […]

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Join SMEX and LUSH in the Fight Against Internet Shutdowns

The Internet keeps you connected, so help us #KeepItOn! Every night from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m., access to the internet in the Bahraini village of Duraz is disrupted or completely denied by telecom companies, under the orders of the government. This has been ongoing for over four months and, while troublesome, this case is by […]

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