Catching Boners: The Cost of Banning 6 Porn Sites in Lebanon

Angie Nassar

Child sex abuse is a terrible evil that we should devote countless resources and strategies to tackling, but the issue raised by the Telecom Ministry’s decision to ban six porn sites this past week after a Lebanese man was arrested by Interpol in the UK for molesting a child, is tied to much wider implications than access to lurid material online and “protecting” our children from it*. This is an issue that expounds on the continued abuse of power by a government which indiscriminately enforces the law, and has demonstrated time and again a reckless disregard for its citizen’s rights, liberties and basic human needs.

These are the same people – part of an elite plutocracy which runs the country – who, despite clear and repeated objections from citizens, have given the ok to bulldoze through a residential neighborhood and pave over 10,000 square meters of gardens to make way…

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