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BEIRUT — Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri personally intervened to override a ban on screening the movie “The Post” after an outcry among many Lebanese, government officials said Wednesday.
Hariri did so, the official said, “because he is opposed to the idea of banning movies.” A statement from the Interior Ministry said the department’s head, Nohad Machnouk, signed the decree late Tuesday permitting “The Post,” starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, to be screened as scheduled starting Wednesday.
“Machnouk does not see any reason to ban the film since the content focuses specifically on the war in Vietnam during the 1960s and has no connection to Lebanon or the conflict with the Israeli enemy,” the ministry statement said.

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