Lebanese ski champion Jackie Chamoun commented on a campaign waged against her on social media websites for posing nude for an Austrian ski calendar, and asked Lebanese Facebook users to stop spreading the photos and support her instead, as she trains to participate in the Olympics in Russia.“Now that I’m at the Olympic Games, these photos that I never saw before are being shared. All I can ask to each of you who saw this, is to stop spreading it, it will really help me [focus] on what is really important now: my training and my race,” Chamoun wrote on her Facebook page.But activists say censorship is on the rise and women’s rights have long been neglected.The original photo of Chamoun, who also competed at the last Winter Olympics, was featured in a 2013 ski-calendar.Using the hashtag #stripforjackie, dozens of men and women posed topless or naked, holding strategically placed signs, with the slogan: “I am not naked”.
The film is about same-sex relationships and prostitution, both of which exist in Lebanon and should therefore be discussed.
"Help" is the first feature film by the young Lebanese director Marc Abi Rached.
Lebanese authorities initially gave it the green light on two conditions: that it be restricted to viewers 18 years old or older and that an image of female genitals be blurred. While the preview went ahead as planned on February 12, three days before nationwide release the authorisation was suddenly revoked.
Chamoun’s supporters have contrasted the minister’s call for an inquiry with the lack of government action on violence against women, a problem highlighted last week when a Lebanese man bludgeoned his wife to death in front of their children.
Lebanon's Jackie Chamoun reacts after finishing the women's first run of Alpine Skiing Slalom race at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, in this February 26, 2010 file photo.
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