A protest in solidarity with Jean Kassir and Megaphone is planned tomorrow on Monday April 3rd at 11am in front of the Justice Palace. Kassir was summoned for interrogation by two members of the State Security apparatus while he was driving and was requested to show up at the Central Investigation Directorate of the General Directorate of State Security. This sets a dangerous precedence as the authorities must notify you at your home or work address as per the rules.

The reasons behind Kassir’s summoning is a post entitled “Lebanon is ruled by fugitives from justice” that names officials in the Lebanese state who are now wanted before the judiciary on various charges. It is worth noting that Public Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat is the one behind the request, which is not allowed as per the below.

This is not the first attack against freedom of speech in Lebanon and definitely won’t be the last. We stand in solidarity with Megaphone, Jean Kassir and all free media in Lebanon.

٢- إنّ النائب العام التمييزي القاضي غسّان عويدات هو من أصدر إشارةً للتحقيق مع مالكي موقع ميغافون، غالباً لورود اسمه ضمن المنشور كأحد الذين ادّعى عليهم المحقّق العدلي طارق بيطار في قضيّة المرفأ. وبذلك يكون عويدات قد خالف القانون مرّةً جديدة لأنّه لا يصحّ للنيابات العامّة التحرّك في قضايا القدح والذمّ من دون وجود ادّعاء شخصيّ من المتضرِّر، باستثناء القدح والذمّ الواقعَيْن على رئيس الجمهوريّة حصراً.