Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar issued a statement on Monday that “media freedoms find a limit in Lebanon and in civilized states when they include libel, slander, and false accusation… to undermine the state president’s reputation.”
This comes after three people were arrested earlier in the day for slandering and defaming President Michel Sleiman on Facebook as well as other internet portals.
Najjar said that speech on Internet sites was subject to investigation and punishment according to law. He added that such laws were the norm in civilized countries, and that it was necessary to distinguish between “permitted freedoms” and the “complete departure from legal, moral, and political rules.”
Three arrested for defaming Sleiman on Facebook