Satirist Hisham Haddad Questioned for 'Insulting Judiciary'

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Mount Lebanon First Examining Magistrate Nicolas Mansour on Tuesday interrogated prominent TV host and comedian Hisham Haddad over a segment of his show that was deemed insulting to the Lebanese judiciary, the National News Agency said.

Haddad's lawyer Ashraf al-Moussawi said his client was released after questioning and that the file was referred to the Baabda court of publications.

Haddad for his part clarified that he did not have “the criminal intention to insult the state prosecutor or the judiciary,” noting that he had committed “an uncalculated and unintentional mistake that was not aimed at insulting the public prosecutor.”

Haddad's 'Lahon W Bass' show on LBCI TV is among the most watched programs in Lebanon.

Comments 3
Thumb s.o.s 16 October 2018, 18:39

The magistrate , Mr Mansour, of the banana republic of Lebanon should be prosecuted for impeding on our freedom of speech and for harassing journalists. Tfeh

Thumb whyaskwhy 16 October 2018, 19:14

Amen to that SOS. Its a clear sign of hypocrisy for a democracy to have its press and media silenced continuously by the Banana Republic Judge Roy Bean here who should be protecting the media and not silencing it. If they brought up Hassan Kizballahs name it would mean death to them or their families and if they mentioned a faith then God will kidnap them and they end up in jail. The republic should change its name to Lebanistan.

Thumb thepatriot 17 October 2018, 09:20

Even under Lahoud, we had not witnessed such a war against freedom of speech... You cannot say a word any more against the President or the institutions without ending up in Jail!
Our rating of freedom of expression has dropped!

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/world/middleeast/lebanon-free-speech.html