Gemayel Warns of Police State Rise in Lebanon

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Gemayel Warns of Police State Rise in Lebanon

Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel on Thursday condemned the growing oppression of journalists in Lebanon, warning of the rise of a police state.

"It is unacceptable to keep on summoning citizens and journalists, and arresting them by security and legal authorities because of opinions and posts they shared on social media platforms, while the pillars of the political settlement and their supporters are violating the laws without being subject to accountability," Gemayel wrote on Twitter.

The Kataeb chief's comment was made after the Military Court had sentenced in absentia Al-Jadeed TV reporter, Adam Chamseddine, to three months in prison over a Facebook post in which he criticized the State Security agency.

"The police state, which we warned of its rise three years ago, has become a reality that we must not remain silent about it," Gemayel stressed.