Rita El-Haddad, "Violating the Privacy and Dignity of 'Suspected' Gay Men in Lebanon"
Joe Maalouf, on May 8th and June 26th, filmed episodes of Enta Horr at cinemas which screen pornography and are known to be frequented by gay men. No one seemed to think it necessary to protect the identities of the men who were unaware of being filmed. Though the faces of the men in the June 26th episode were not as clearly visible as those in the May 8th episode, it was obvious that not a single face was blurred. It does not matter if the men were casually discussing politics or engaging in sexual acts. They are human beings and deserved to be treated as such. Showing those men's faces on Lebanese national television not only exposes them to all of Lebanon, but also to the world as these shows are uploaded online. Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code prohibits "unnatural" sexual intercourse and can be used to jail those who are "suspected" of homosexuality. These men were publicly outed, humiliated, and put at risk of being jailed due to Article 534 by a show supposedly run and staffed by "journalists." On July 28th, 2012, thirty-six men were arrested during a raid of a different pornographic cinema. They were jailed and subjected to horrific "tests" to "prove" that they are indeed homosexual. The tests themselves are barbaric acts of torture. . . . Journalists, bloggers, and social media sites are overflowing with shock and anger at MTV Lebanon and the horrific treatment of the men at Maghfar Hbeish (Hbeish Jail).