Is having a Facebook account a crime in Lebanon?

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86 people from the Jezzine area were reportedly  summoned by the Lebanese Army intelligence   to the Zougheib Barracks in Saida for investigation, An Nahar reports. Those people don’t have warrants against them. They haven’t done anything wrong – unless having a Facebook account is a crime!

The summoned individuals have to be  at the barracks around 8 am. The investigation  lasts till 2 pm. Most of them are people who hold professional  jobs  that they have to attend to.  One of them was even a university professor.

The army intelligence is reportedly  busy stalking Facebook profiles and asking people to come in for a full-day affair to ask  about their statuses, friends, profile pictures  etc.

Brig.-Gen. Abbas Ibrahim is the  director-general of the General Security Department of the Lebanese army . He  is closely associated with the Iranian and Syrian backed Hezbollah militant group which currently dominates the Lebanese government. Facebook account holders in Iran and Syria have reportedly been experiencing similar problems.

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8 responses to “Is having a Facebook account a crime in Lebanon?”

  1. MeYosemite Avatar
    MeYosemite

    It should be. Freedom of speech and privacy is not allowed.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Well Yosemite … Facebook is not about ‘privacy’ for sure … although you ARE free to put anything in there about yourself.
      Why call people in? Everything they need to know is in the facebook page !! 
      I’m sure they would love to know some of us in here more than facebook users … hahahhaha … hide and go seek. 😉
      Maybe it’s some of the people who joined a ‘group’ FOR Lebanon.
      And maybe Brig.-Gen. Abbas Ibrahim can’t figure out why anyone would talk about their cat. Must be secret code, eh? 😉

      1. MeYosemite Avatar
        MeYosemite

        I always thought we need an anonymous Facebook page on Lebanon with a wiki-leak like touch to keep those lebanese politicians in check. Many will happy to donate to it. Would be great if someone knows how set up a system like that and moderate it.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Rafsanjani is behind you on that one Yosemite :-)))))

  2. MeYosemite Avatar
    MeYosemite

    It should be. Freedom of speech and privacy is not allowed.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Well Yosemite … Facebook is not about ‘privacy’ for sure … although you ARE free to put anything in there about yourself.
      Why call people in? Everything they need to know is in the facebook page !! 
      I’m sure they would love to know some of us in here more than facebook users … hahahhaha … hide and go seek. 😉
      Maybe it’s some of the people who joined a ‘group’ FOR Lebanon.

      1. MeYosemite Avatar
        MeYosemite

        I always thought we need an anonymous Facebook page on Lebanon with a wiki-leak like touch to keep those lebanese politicians in check. Many will happy to donate to it. Would be great if someone knows how set up a system like that and moderate it.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Rafsanjani is behind you on that one Yosemite :-)))))

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