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In yet another controversial decision, Lebanese authorities have just banned the new supernatural horror film The Nun from screening across the country.

The movie - which tells the story of a priest and a young novice sent by the Vatican to investigate the suicide of a nun in Romania - was deemed "offensive to the Christian faith" by Lebanese officials.

"We received a verbal confirmation from the General Security," Georges Asmar, founder of media agency, told The New Arab.

"Last Wednesday, the Catholic committee watched the movie and asked the General Security to ban it in Lebanon for religious reasons," Asmar added.

On Monday, March Lebanon - an NGO fighting censorship in Lebanon - said the ban has not been confirmed yet.

The film, which has already been released in the UAE, has also been removed from Vox Cinemas' list of upcoming movies in Lebanon.

Furthermore, it does not appear on Grand Cinemas' or CinemaCity's list of upcoming movies either.

Anis Tabet, a film reviewer in Lebanon, confirmed the news

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"Ignorance at its best"

Not the only film to be banned for "religious reasons"

In August, Lebanese authorities pulled the horror film Annabelle 2: Creation from theaters the night it was scheduled to premiere across the country. 

Movie theaters were asked to put the film on hold after Christian clerics expressed their objection to some of its scenes.

Censorship in Lebanon

In recent months, the country censored several local independent film productions and banned Hollywood blockbusters including Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman.

The ban on Gadot's film was hailed by many, given that the Israeli actress had once been a soldier in the occupying state's army and even commended a military attack on Lebanon.

However, there have been inconsistencies in the way such decisions have been made over the years.

"We need to highlight the inconsistencies with censorship in Lebanon and then its absurdity. There is nothing about this movie that [warrants] it being banned. It's kind of alarming and that's why we need to raise our voices to prevent this from happening," Lea Baroudi, the president of March Lebanon, told The Daily Star in January.