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The Anti-Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Rights Bureau – referred to as simply the Cybercrimes Bureau – was established by the Internal Security Forces in 2006 to strengthen online security and combat cybercrime in Lebanon.The agency's work also regularly deals with cases against activists, bloggers and journalists, something many free speech organizations have expressed unease about.According to Social Media Exchange, a local NGO that works on internet policy, there were 18 cases of individuals summoned to the Cybercrime Bureau between 2010 and early 2016 .The report alleges that the activities of the bureau are tantamount to online censorship.
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