On November 30, 2011, Comedian Edmond Haddad and Actress Rawya El Chab were sentenced to serve one month in jail. In the name of the Lebanese people, the sentence was based on Article 532 of the penal code.
It referred to an opinion press article published days after Rawya, Edmond and many friends hosted a charitable comedy night on December 23, 2009. Their “crime” using on stage “indecent” “humor” “terminology” and “gestures”.
The Money collected was donated to the Brave Heart Fund.
Today, Rawya and Edmond face their Appeal hearing in order to claim back their freedom of speech!
Because Comedy is not a crime.
Because Justice was based on tabloids’ reports.
Because We do not live under Taliban yet.
Prison might be fun, but it’s a matter of principle… We count on YOU to spread the word; to friends, colleagues, neighbors… Join us and show your support at Court: Wednesday April 25, 2012 at the Beirut Justice Palace (Adlieh) at 9:00 AM.
Disgusting. This country has become disgusting. Showing a boxer, in a comedy show, is now endangering our society? But Alain Aoun, Fouad Sanioura and all the charming MPs we saw parade their dirty boxers on live TV for 3 days, did not “harm the public morals”. Yes, a small venue, live audience, for a good cause, is a crime punishable by jail and fine, but being on national and international TV acting like mentally challenged cocks is completely ok.
Unfortunately, the lack of faith in movements in the real world on the ground in Lebanon, makes me wish deeply that Anonymous or RYV would retaliate online and show that brilliant judge who made that very prudent and wise call that we are not the Taliban, or the Saudi Royal Family or Iran. We’re Lebanon.