Censorship

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Censorship
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Lebanon 🇱🇧 is a Middle Eastern country which worships 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Death on the Nile - this movie was banned in Lebanon due to the presence of Israeli actress Gal Gadot in its cast.

Television censorship[]

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