Beirut portrayal on ‘Homeland’ has Lebanese minister talking lawsuit

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Lebanon’s tourism minister said he wants to sue the producers of “Homeland” for the show’s portrayal of Beirut.

Fadi Abboud told The Associated Press late last week that he has government ministers studying media laws “to see what can be done.”

Abboud said he is extremely upset that the city is portrayed on the Showtime series as being full of militants and jihadists, and that West Beirut in particular, a bustling residential neighborhood, is portrayed as a hotbed of violence.

“Homeland” is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television. The Emmy-winning series, based on the Israeli show “Hatufim” (Prisoners of War), focuses on a CIA agent who believes that a returned American prisoner of war may be aiding terrorists.


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