Lebanon/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.6 Film, video and photography

The Lebanese law doesn’t contain any integrated provisions or special rules to organize the production of and trading of films and the bodies involved in this field, with the exception of old legal texts (issued in the 1940s and 1950s). In addition, the regulation of this sector is characterized by some administrative practices with no adequate legal basis.

As regards films, no current law provides the principles that should rule the censorship process, with the exception of article 4 of Censorship Law, which states:

"Decisions issued by censors shall take into consideration the following principles:

  • Respect of public order, ethics and manners.
  • Respect of public feelings and avoid inciting racial and religious sentiments.
  • Preserve the prestige of public authorities.
  • Fight any propaganda that is not in favor of Lebanon's interests."

The only decree pertaining to censorship of printed material and films is Decree 2873 of 1959 and there are no laws pertaining to theatres.

Chapter published: 07-04-2016