Alright Rjpieces...I'm going to disect what you posted about Lebanon from this beloved website of yours.
Lebanon received a downward trend arrow due to the closure of the country’s main independent television station
. This station was shut down after it broadcasted an interview by General Aoun (a war leader in exile in France, he's going to come back soon though) after being told not to. I don't know the exact details.
Anyway, they ignored the government and broadcasted the interview and as a result were shut down.
I think it was wrong that it was shut down and it did violate freedom of speech.
However, are we going to automatically accuse Lebanon of not being free because of ONE mishap?
The government was highly criticized for its move and since then, nothing similar has happened.
Freedom of speech is still highly protected in Lebanon and nobody can silence you for your political views.
the unprecedented threatening of mainstream opposition figures with investigations for alleged ties to foreign powers
Gee, and this does not happen here in the USA?
This happens everywhere my friend.
People like to shut up the messenger and make accusations to do so.
and the invalidation of a June by-election for politically motivated reasons.
A member of parliament died so by-elections were held to replace him. One of the candidates who had won was apparantly cheating in his campaigning (in his advertisements) and thus another candidate was given the position.
Some contest it was the right decision, some contest it was not. Simply to say it the by-elections were invalidated is false as it is contested.
So an organization of professionals that has done this for years, which is mentioned in most major Pol. Sci. college textbooks, which is relied upon by most major magazines and newspapers, and of course the US Congress and Government is WRONG but you are RIGHT. Freedom House has a lot more credibility than you.
Hardly Rjpieces, it's called looking at things from a different perspective.
Just because these guys are professionals it doesn't mean I don't have the right to question them.
By looking at what you posted, they seem to focus on a few mishaps and inflate them to make Lebanon look just plain bad.
Lebanon has many sects which in turn has created very diverse political beliefs, many conflicting ones.
Everyone is free to express their beliefs.
Whether one supports the Syrian army presence in Lebanon or not, they cannot be silenced for their views.
There are sometimes attempted assassinations, but this happens everywhere in the world. Look what happened in the Ukraine recently.
Rjpieces, I will leave you with these two article:
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"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran