Censorship At Now Lebanon

Yesterday I read an interesting post in Now Lebanon‘s blog on how our ambassador in Washington was being sued for abusing a Filipino maid.

I thought of linking to it today but *poof* the story was gone.. So I went straight to the google cached version and dug it up. Now the story (which I will republish below)  is no longer about our ambassador in Washington, it’s about why Now Lebanon thought it was so important to protect him that it abandoned its principles of free speech and blatantly censored published pieces..


Lebanese ambassador sued for abusing Filipino maid
Posted by: Angie Nassar
Wednesday, April 27. 2011

(Photo via pjstar.com)

Lebanese ambassador to the US Antoine Chedid is being sued by his family’s former Filipino maid on claims he failed to pay minimum wage and verbally abused and mistreated her. (See the lawsuit here)

Araceli D. Montuya, reportedly the mother of 10 children, says she was made to work for $3 per hour as a full-time housekeeper and nanny for approximately 16 hours per day, six days a week, for a period of 26 months from August 2007 through September 2009.

At a status hearing on April 19, Chedid’s lawyer denied the allegations and argued the ambassador and his family are entitled to diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention.

The judge is now considering the pending motion to dismiss the case.

Ok Lebanon, we really need to get a grip on ourselves and ditch this repeated association with the essential enslavement of foreign domestic workers. C’mon now.

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  • Dania

    I read it too but why hide it?? Its not like this despicable issue is a secret, everybody knows lebanese in general abuse maids to the point of slavery. Shame on Now Lebanon for covering it up!

  • http://www.mediumrareplease.com Haytham Elkhoja

    This is atrocious…. the shitty part is that it’s one of Angie’s blog posts that was censored …

    Angie, i hope you had nothing to do with it…

  • http://qifanabki.com Qifa Nabki

    Good old Meow Lebanon

    • http://arablit.wordpress.com ArabLit

      Meow Lebanon?

      • http://beirutspring.com Mustapha

        I think what he wanted to say was: Now Lebanon are pussies

  • CopyCat

    the guy is close to the president i think….that could explain why it was retracted. anyway, the case looks weak and it will most probably be dismissed (not to say he did not abuse her, just that it is not solid enough to prosecute in a court of law)

  • Peter

    Now Lebanon completely lost me when they reported Nabih Berri defected March 8 a couple of weeks ago … and didn’t even bother to post a retraction on the issue.