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Published on Oct 1, 2012
Our friend Rami Aysha just got released from jail. He's a journalist, and Bureau Manager for Times Magazine Beirut. On August 30 he was investigating an arms smuggling story in the southern suburbs of Beirut when he got arrested by a local militia before handed over to the official intelligence that kept him for almost one month in various Lebanese prisons -- without charge.
They didn't treat him so well in jail. They broke his camera on his head, broke his finger, beat him up and shot bullets right next to his legs while being blindfolded.
But Rami is a tough guy, and although he was a bit skinny after a month in prison, this incident will not shut him up. To bring a journalist like Rami on a jail tour of Lebanon is like throwing fuel on the fire.
As an advocate for press freedom in Lebanon Rami takes his arrest as an attack on everything he believes in. "Lebanon's freedom of press is moving towards the ones of Syria and Iran" he says.
When we told him to stay out of jail, he simply replied "I don't think so".