Lebanon bans Steven Spielberg's film 'The Post' and Australian drama 'Jungle'

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in a still from the film. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jan 15, 2018, 02.27 PM (IST)

Lebanon's intelligence agency Monday banned Steven Spielberg's latest film "The Post", and Australian drama "Jungle" to comply with a boycott of Israel. 

An official from Lebanon's General Security authority told AFP, "Screening of the film 'The Post' has been banned" and added that the film " is blacklisted by the Arab League's boycott office, which Lebanon complies with."

The Hollywood director was blacklisted by the Cairo-based pan-Arab body after he donated $1 million to Israel during the 2006 war between the Jewish state and Lebanon.

The two countries are still officially at war. 

"The Post" is a film starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks on the behind-the-scenes story of the 1971 publication by The Washington Post of the Pentagon Papers, which exposed the lies behind US involvement in the Vietnam War.

The other film that got censored was "Jungle", a survival drama about Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, who got lost in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon in 1981. The film, starring Daniel Radcliffe, had been screening for two weeks in Lebanon but is now being pulled. 

Lebanon's General Security behind the censorship not only keeps a control on the borders but is also responsible for censorship of films, plays, and books.