The activist Charbel Khoury was summoned on 24/2/2020 by the cybercrime bureau based on a lawsuit filed against him by the economic expert Charbel Kourdahi for a tweet posted by Khoury criticizing Kourdahi in tackling the economic crisis. The tweet included harsh criticism against Kordahi and the free patriotic movement.
With the ongoing revolution in Lebanon, consecutive attacks, arrests, and prosecutions have been documented against journalists and activists during January till mid February 2020.
The Lebanese revolution launched on October 17th carried till to the end of December 2019 major transformations in Lebanese social life and this must leave many repercussions on the future of Lebanon for the coming years.
Four human rights organizations launched on the 26th of November a meeting to initiate a network to fight hate speech in the MENA region. The meeting gathered MADA, Gulf Center for Human Rights, Maharat Foundation, and the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Internet Governance Forum that took place from the 25th till the 29th of November.
“it was just a suicide” this was the report of the head of Sulaymaniyah police in Kurdistan Iraq after the assassination of journalist Amanj Babani and his wife the journalist Lana Mouhamadi and their 3 years old son found dead in their parked car in one of the Sulaymaniyah parking lots. The investigation reports contradicted what witnesses said who ensured that armed people shot them in their car.
The Internet Governance Forum was held in Berlin from the 25th till the 29th of November 2019. The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched the forum entitled “One Vision, One World, One Internet”. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized the Human Rights dimension of the internet and the importance of engaging all stakeholders.