Lebanon bans Steven Spielberg's film The Post

Lebanon bans Steven Spielberg's film The Post

Steven Spielberg's 1993 film "Schindler's List" was banned from screening in Lebanon, and many other Arab and Muslim countries, for different reasons.

In a rare move, the interior ministry chose not to sign off on the decision by General Security, which in addition to controlling Lebanon's borders, is responsible for censoring films, plays, and books.

Spielberg "is blacklisted by the Arab League's boycott office, which Lebanon complies with", the official explained.

Set in the early 1970s, The Post centers on the journalists of the Washington Post and the New York Times who uncovered the Pentagon Papers, secret documents that revealed information about the us government's involvement in the Vietnam War. But shortly afterwards, he was forced to remove the post after Lebanese Instagram users called him a "traitor".

The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, is a thrilling drama about the Washington Post's Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee, as they expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades.

Former MP Fares Souaid described the ban as "stupid", citing comments by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil who said last month that Lebanon does not have an ideological problem with Israel.

They made a decision to ban the film in accordance with laws obliging Lebanon to enforce the Arab League's boycott of Israel. "Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children.We shall overcome!"

The censorship axe also hit "Jungle", a survival drama about Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, who got lost in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon in 1981.

USA film director Steven Spielberg poses on the red carpet on arrival for the European Premiere of his film, "The Post" in London on January 10, 2018. Past year they banned "Wonder Woman" actress Gal Gadot, who is from Israel and also served in the Israeli military.



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