Censorship in Lebanon is random and archaic. This is a database of banned movies in Lebanon in the last decade. The movies posters were altered according to the Ministry of Censorship visual code chart to represent the reasons of the ban. The visual code is explained on this page with example of its use in trailers. Hopefully, this will shed the light on this phenomenon by increasing exposure of banned materials. 'Organising' censorship could help making it more visible and attainable to the public. You can't fight what you don't see.

 

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Israel

This boycott was initially observed by the entire Arab League. Today, only Lebanon adhere to it this religiously. The office is notorious for randomly selecting movies, and goes through phases of inactivity depending on geopolitical alliances and agendas. This kind of censorship is categoric and usually has a zero tolerance policy. This is why its visual representation is absolute and very clear. Actors scenes are removed from trailers and faces are replaced with a white circle.

Political

Regarding foreign relations with friendly countries, the censor pays considerable attention to the political sensitivities of the Arab regimes. Additionally, many movies are banned if they are judged to defame politicians or has revolutionary ideas. Its visual representation is opaque with heavy analogue noise that leaves information from frames grainy and unclear.

Religious

General Security will send creative works it thinks might upset religious sensitivities to their respective governing bodies (usually the Catholic Information Centre or Dar Al Fatwa, which is highest Sunni Muslim authority in Lebanon), even though these religious bodies are not authorised by law to exercise censorship. This is one the most 'fluid' types as there not really a specific standard to it. This is why it's visual code is signal distortion that is like a code for the viewer to break.

Unknown

A considerable amount of movies is censored or banned with no clear information or feedback. The censor generally determines the extent to which the film or work does not offend public morals. Its visual representation is literally a blur, to express the clueless and vague practice.