Censorship in the Lebanese Artistic Landscape

intercom-1853625_1920This paper is a collaborative work by the WYAME interns (Batch 1, 2016). Its main purpose is to understand how censorship of artwork is exercised in Lebanon. The study aims to examine the main state body that imposes censorship and the reasons why it does so, focusing on the censorship of plays and graffiti. Accordingly, interviews with theater directors and writers Lina El Khoury and Aliya Khalidi and graffiti artist Ali Rafei, constitute the major component of this research.

Their experience gives the reader an insight into some of the common challenges Lebanese artists face with their art. This study further aims to highlight the specific contexts of censorship and questions the involvement of politics in the Lebanese artistic landscape. […]

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