Lebanon reverses move to ban Spielberg's 'The Post'

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"Screening of the film "The Post" has been banned", said the official from Lebanon's General Security authority, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The country is officially at war with Israel and has a law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from travelling to Israel or having contact with Israeli citizens.

An unidentified official from General Security told Lebanese daily Annahar that the ban against the film was not negotiable because Spielberg is on the Arab boycott list, which Lebanon legally abides by.

The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, tells the story of the late Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham's decision to defy attempts by the courts to suppress reporting of the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War.

Wonder Woman might belong to an imaginary all-female race living on an invisible island called Themyscira, but since she was portrayed by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, that was enough reason for Wonder Woman and Justice League to be banned in Lebanon.

After being accused in 2006 for being critical of Israel following the release of his movie Munich, Spielberg, who is Jewish American, told German magazine Der Spiegel: "If it became necessary, I would be prepared to die for the US and for Israel". Lebanon banned the film upon its release in 1993. In these cases, Spielberg's credit as the director has been censored on promotional posters.




The Hollywood giant was blacklisted by the Cairo-based pan-Arab body after he donated $1 million to Israel during the 2006 war between the Jewish state and Lebanon.

"The Post" is a newspaper drama about The Washington Post's publishing of the Pentagon's papers and which delves into US responsibility in Vietnam's war in 1971, and the government lies about it.

Other films haven't made it into Lebanese movie theaters for their alleged or real ties with Israel, regardless of the production's place of origin.

In 2017, Lebanon banned two films but permitted 317 commercial and 766 festival films to screen, Hanna said.

Free speech advocates in Lebanon noted the irony of banning a movie whose plot promotes press freedoms. ". This is a great day for freedom of expression in Lebanon".

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