Pioneer of independent press in Morocco silenced
Posted on 08/02/2010 - 12:52
Le Journal Hebdomadaire, the first medium to openly criticize the Moroccan monarchy, was shut down in what its founder, Aboubakr Jamaï, called an act of 'state terrorism' last week. le-Journal-Maroc.jpg 
Missed Opportunities and Bigger Challenges for Human Rights in the Middle East
Posted on 28/01/2010 - 19:43
Middle East governments repressed efforts to promote human rights and backed away from bold reforms despite growing human rights challenges and promises to take action, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing the Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen country studies from its World Report 2010. I think, therefore I exist. Handala. 
Egypt: Bloggers arrested over Naga Hammady Visit
Posted on 18/01/2010 - 17:35
More than 20 Egyptian bloggers were arrested when their train arrived in the village of Naga Hammady in Upper Egypt. egyptian bloggers.jpg 
Impunity, war and elections behind journalists killed in 2009
Posted on 11/01/2010 - 11:13
In a worldwide analysis of journalists killed in 2009, IFEX members report that most are murdered in their own country. Local journalists pay the highest price for informing the world about wars, elections, corruption and censorship, or the destruction of the environment. In their year-end reports, IFEX members highlight how journalists are targeted as a result of war, impunity and elections. Killed-Arab-Journalists.jpg 
“Lebanon’s Madoff” in the media
Posted on 23/12/2009 - 03:53
After Lebanese Shiite financier and businessman Salah Ezzedine declared bankruptcy in late August, hundreds of small investors from Lebanon’s Shia population lost their life savings.  Ezzedine-Madoff.jpg 
Morocco: Jail sentences for blogger and Internet café owner
Posted on 18/12/2009 - 18:18
A court in Guelmim imposed jail sentences on a blogger and an Internet café owner for circulating information about a heavy-handed crackdown on student protests in the nearby village of Taghjijt (200 km south of Agadir) on 1 December. morocco-internet-cafe.jpg 
Human Rights in the Arab World: Bastion of Impunity, Mirage of Reform
Posted on 14/12/2009 - 15:01
The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies released its second annual report on the state of human rights in the Arab world for the year 2009. The report, entitled Bastion of Impunity, Mirage of Reform, concludes that the human rights situation in the Arab region has deteriorated throughout the region over the last year. Amjad Rasmi:Arab News.jpg 
Syria: Lift Blackout on Prisoners’ Fate
Posted on 11/12/2009 - 01:53
Syrian authorities should make public without further delay the fate of all prisoners whose whereabouts and well-being remain a mystery almost 18 months after security forces put down a riot at the Sednaya prison in July 2008, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch released a partial list today of Sednaya detainees whose families have not been able to get any information about them. View from the sky on Sednaya prison in Syria. (Extracted from Google Earth) 
EU backs down over controversial Palestinian proposal
Posted on 08/12/2009 - 21:01
A controversial European proposal over a future Palestinian state has been wiped off the table after a deep split emerged among EU countries. EU Parliament Brussels 
Swiss xenophobia reflected in the vote to ban minarets
Posted on 01/12/2009 - 04:37
The Swiss ban on the construction of new minarets has angered Muslims and human rights groups. image-23345-panoV9free-sucr.jpg 
Emirates media law ambiguities
Posted on 27/11/2009 - 21:44
When the UAE’s draft media law was ready for release in January 2009, journalists were genuinely excited. The existing Press and Publications Law of 1980 is archaic at best. It lists 16 punishable offences, among them insulting Islam and the royal family. The pending media law wasn’t well received by anyone. Dubai 2009. © S.M. / 
The desperately defeated seek victory in football
Posted on 25/11/2009 - 17:25
When football erupted into violence between Egyptian and Algerian fans over the World Cup qualifiers in Cairo and Khartoum last week, alarmed commentators asked what Arab fraternity had come to. The Algerian Fennecs take on the Egyptian Pharaohs for a place in the 2010 World Cup on November 14.  
A Sudanese presidential candidate on Facebook
Posted on 20/11/2009 - 00:45
In less than six months, the Sudanese will be choosing their next president. A young Sudanese voter writes about the need for change, the power of popular movements, and one promising candidate with a campaign on Facebook. OSMAN ELRAIAH IS THE COMING PRESIDENT OF SUDAN.jpg 
A new study by Booz & Company; Reinventing print media
Posted on 18/11/2009 - 19:26
With the decline in spending on print advertising likely to continue well after the recession, print media companies need aggressive and effective strategies for recapturing revenue. Reinventing-print-media.jpg 
Marwa killer gets life; Egypt, Arab World and Germany look for peace
Posted on 16/11/2009 - 18:30
CAIRO: After nearly four and a half months, the Marwa el-Sherbini saga has come to a conclusion of sorts after a German court sentenced the man who stabbed the “veiled martyr” 17 times inside the court in July to life in prison without possibility of early release. Egyptians, Arabs and Germans alike have welcomed the verdict and hope Europe and the Middle East can begin to heal the wounds of the killing and move “toward a better future.” Marwa-killer-life.jpg 
What Haitham al-Maleh told the television before he was arrested
Posted on 13/11/2009 - 18:41
From the heart of Damascus, Haitham al-Maleh, lawyer and human rights activist, spoke by phone on Oct. 12, 2009 to the presenter of the Panorama show on the Barada television channel about the intensifying security grip in Syria. Two days after the interview, he was arrested. Haitham al-Maleh at his home six years after being relaxed from his last eprisonment period between 1980 and 1987, Damascus, Syr 
When children are sold in the Iraqi markets
Posted on 10/11/2009 - 18:57
Several popular Swedish newspapers published about two weeks ago what they called an investigative report by Tracey Christensen and her colleague Thor Bjorn Andersen.
The report, clearly highly credible as it was reported from the center of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, caused a stir probably unprecedented in Iraq. According to the media, the investigation has been translated into more than 12 languages.
The Friday popular market, Baghdad, Iraq 1990. © S.M. /  
Blogging flourishes; governments block and monitor content
Posted on 09/11/2009 - 19:11
Thousands of writers, journalists, activists, lawyers and others are expressing their dissent and reporting on social issues by blogging throughout the Middle East and North Africa, says a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Bloggers are free to write about issues that are not covered by traditional media due to intimidation and interference by the state. opinion3.jpg 
Goldstone's Keffiyeh... High fashion in Gaza
Posted on 06/11/2009 - 01:41
Palestinians are rushing to buy headscarves embroidered with the name of Goldstone, the South-African former judge who accused Israel of war crimes. كوفيات فلسطينية تحمل اسم القاضي الجنوب افريقي ريتشارد غولدستون في غزة في 4 تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر 2009 
IWPR Iraq producing human rights-focused television news magazine
Posted on 04/11/2009 - 18:54
IWPR Iraq is producing a television news magazine show that educates citizens on human rights and provides a platform for activists and political leaders to debate and problem-solve issues. Episode 5487 of the action sopshow; bombing in Iraq... R.R. 

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