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Lebanon: Authorities Failing to Protect Freedom of Expression

للقراءة باللغة العربية Lebanese authorities are failing to abide by their obligations to protect individuals from unfair trials and to ensure their right to freedom of expression, nine human rights and media organizations said today, following yet another criminal investigation of a Lebanese citizen for posts made on Facebook. Mr. Selman Samaha was called for […]

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The First Humanitarian Mapathon, organized by Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontier), was held at Masaha, Beirut, April 17, 2017 (SMEX/Lara Bitar)

A Breakdown of the Proposed OGERO Internet Speeds and Prices

للقراءة باللغة العربية After OGERO conducted tests in various areas of Beirut over three days and increased the internet speed of its subscribers, OGERO’s Director General Imad Kreidieh said the network is ready for greater internet capacity and speed. The Ministry of Communications’ internet price reduction plan is based on uncapped speed and is expected […]

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Lara Bitar (L) in conversation with Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Katherine Maher in Masaha, Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, April 24, 2017. (SMEX/Jad Shokor)

Wikimedia’s Katherine Maher on Freeing Knowledge in the MENA

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Monday, April 24, 2017 — Committed to nurturing open knowledge in Lebanon, Social Media Exchange (SMEX) invited Katherine Maher, the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, to discuss the power of collaborative open knowledge projects. The talk, moderated by Lara Bitar, SMEX’s editorial director, focused on sharing ideas to grow the free knowledge […]

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Human Rights and Media Organizations Condemn Prosecution of Activist Ahmad Amhaz

للقراءة باللغة العربية BEIRUT, Lebanon, Tuesday, March 28, 2017 — We, the undersigned human rights and media organizations, condemn the arrest, detention, and prosecution of the activist Ahmad Amhaz. His arrest and continued detention is a violation of Lebanese law and Lebanon’s human rights obligations. Amhaz was arrested on March 21 and has now spent […]

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