Monday, 9 August 2010
Lebanon: arrests and accusations of "defaming the President" question Lebanon's commitment to freedom of expression
Police arrested a man identified as Ahmad Shuman at the Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport on Tuesday and charged him with defaming President Michel Sleiman on the social networking website Facebook, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.
Shuman had just arrived on a flight from Kiev, Ukraine and was taken to Roumieh Prison for questioning by Judge Ghassan Oweidat.
In June, Naim George Hanna, 27, Antoine Youssef Ramia, 29, and Shebel Rajeh Qasab, 27, were arrested after authorities interrogated them on charges of libel, slander and defamation against the president on Facebook.