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1 Aug 2012

Author:
Shane Farrell, Now Lebanon

Gay crackdown ignites outrage [Lebanon]

Human rights activists...accused television channel MTV of promoting hatred and homophobia...In May, an MTV show hosted by Joe Maalouf called “Enta Horr” (You are Free) showed undercover camera footage of men in porn cinemas in Beirut and Tripoli. The featured cinemas were subsequently shut down. At the time, the gay rights organization Helem condemned the program, criticizing MTV for showing footage of the men without their knowledge and calling it “unethical and unprofessional.” More recently, Ziad Nabulsi, spokesman for the Lebanese Association for Education and Training, accused the show of using offensive language by calling homosexuality an anomaly.