Report: Lebanon expels BBC journalist for reporting from Israel

After the BBC's Mehrdad Farahmand interviewed Avichay Adraee, the head of the Arab media division of the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, Lebanon expelled him from the country.

May 21, 2018 11:57
Mehrdad Farahmand in Israel, Instagram, May 16, 2018

Mehrdad Farahmand in Israel, Instagram, May 16, 2018. (photo credit: INSTAGRAM/MEHRDAD FARAHMAND)


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Lebanon's General Security Directorate expelled Iranian-born BBC journalist Mehrdad Farahmand from the country Sunday night for visiting and reporting from Israel, the Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper reported Monday.

Farahmand, who has been based in Beirut as a correspondent for the BBC's Persian Service for 12 years, has been reporting from Israel in recent days.

The Lebanese decision came in response to a video Farahmand posted to Facebook Saturday, Al-Akhbar reported.

In the video, Farahmand interviews Avichay Adraee, the head of the Arab media division of the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. Farahmand translated into Persian Adraee's message to Iranians that the IDF has no ill will towards Iran's population and inviting Iranians to visit Israel.

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