File - General Directorate of General Security building in Beirut, Monday, March 23, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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General Security briefly detained a journalist Friday over Facebook posts and articles that were critical of local political authorities.Journalist Mohammad Awwad was detained and questioned by General Security at 6 a.m. Friday and was later released after signing a pledge.Although Awwad was not notified of a specific post considered to be problematic, he said he was given the impression that it was more than one post.Charbel Khoury was interrogated Thursday by the Internal Security Forces Anti-Cybercrimes Bureau over a Facebook post in which he made a sarcastic joke about the medical miracles of St. Charbel.He was released after signing a pledge not to address religion in his posts and deactivate his Facebook account for a month.Mhanna also addressed the violent threats sent to Khoury on social media after his post.
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