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Underground Internet ‘newspapers’ emerge in Iran following media crackdown
Posted on 21/07/2009 - 14:38
The Iranian authorities have continued to tighten its grip on the media, jailing journalists, shutting down reformist newspapers, and filtering websites since June’s disputed presidential poll. As a result, opposition activists have increasingly turned to web-based news publications as a tool to get their message out. MENASSAT spoke with Hamid Tehrani, Iran editor at the international blog community Global Voices, about his research on the phenomenon. Iran underground internet newspapers 
Gaza in the eyes of women - first of its kind film festival in Gaza
Posted on 21/07/2009 - 13:52
The Women’s Affairs Center in Gaza is preparing to launch its first festival for women’s films before the end of 2009 under the title “Gaza in the eyes of women.” Its aim: to shed light on the cinema of women and highlight the incredible creativity existing in ranks of Arab and Palestinian women. Palestine films 
Confronting fears of Eurabia - Courrier International and Newsweek
Posted on 20/07/2009 - 18:51
The French weekly Courrier International and the mainstream US weekly magazine Newsweek deal with growing anti-immigrant and Islamophobic sentiments in Europe fueled by statistics portending to show that countries such as Germany and France will have Muslim majority populations by the turn of the century. Eurabia flag 
Saudi religious clerics ban film festival – blow to media reformers
Posted on 20/07/2009 - 18:23
Top Saudi Arabian religious clerics pressured government officials to cancel this week's Jeddah film festival leaving organizers scrambling to figure out how to reverse a process endorsed by Jeddah city officials as part of their summer tourist offering. Advocates for freer access to media in Saudi Arabia say the cancellation is part of a focused trend of cultural repression by the kingdom’s religious authorities. KSA Jeddah Film Festival 
Iran now world's worst jailer of journalists
Posted on 17/07/2009 - 14:43
Iran has replaced China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists with at least 30 journalists currently imprisoned, according to a Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) report. The organization says no less than 31 media workers have been detained in Iran since the June 12 election; one Iranian journalist was recently sentenced to eight years on prison. Iran journalists oppressed 
Al-Jazeera out of the West Bank
Posted on 17/07/2009 - 12:43
Following Al Jazeera's broadcasting of former PLO Chief Farouk al-Kaddoumi's claims that Mahmoud Abbas and Mohammad Dahlan conspired to assassinate Arafat, the station's West Bank bureau has been shut down indefinitely on orders of the PA. page5_1.jpg 
Israeli Media News Round Up—July 16, 2009
Posted on 16/07/2009 - 19:03
Israel prepares to attack Iran, Egypt permits warships through the Suez, while the PLO bans AlJazeera in the West Bank - MENASSAT takes a look at what made the news in Israel today. israel haridi 
Journalism is a profession, not a cover
Posted on 16/07/2009 - 18:21
The kidnapping of two French government security advisors in Mogadishu on Tuesday caused outrage among media workers and rights groups - after reports surfaced that they had been posing as journalists. Somalia Al Shabab military group 
Kept in the dark: Domestic migrant workers face media blackout
Posted on 16/07/2009 - 17:59
For many migrant domestic workers, leaving for a foreign place also means losing touch with the political situation back home. It can take months for migrant workers in Lebanon to learn of events and developments in their countries, as workers often endure long working hours, low pay, lack of access to the news, and for some, no communication with their families. Simba Russeau looks at how migrant domestic workers keep up with the news. Lebanon Domestic Worker 
When in doubt, kill.
Posted on 15/07/2009 - 18:17
Israeli soldiers who participated in the war on Gaza say the Israeli army used reckless force against Palestinian civilians earlier this year, according to a report published by a group of ex-Israeli soldiers. In their testimonies, the soldiers speak of "permissive" rules of engagement and how they were encouraged to fire on any building or person deemed suspicious, and that civilians were at times used as human shields. Palestine Gaza israeli soldiers 
Victory or not?
Posted on 15/07/2009 - 16:53
The Lebanese and Israeli media commemorated the ill-fated 2006 war, its introductions, context and results, and focused on the path to be taken in the future. To summarize this debate, the most poignant question remains: are we heading towards a final settlement, or towards the Third Lebanon War? Lebanon July war 
Apartheid for Dummies
Posted on 15/07/2009 - 12:04
The Israel Project's 2009 Global Language Dictionary reveals a lobby desperate to rally American public opinion behind the legitimacy of the settlements and ever willing to attribute Israel's brutal occupation to its empathy for Palestinian children. Apartheid for dummies 
Hebraizing street signs, erasing Palestinians
Posted on 14/07/2009 - 18:58
Israel's Transit Ministry has decided to remove Arabic and English names from street signs, using only Hebrew names to identify places - a process all too familiar to Palestinians. Palestine road signs 
On the third anniversary of the July war, predictions of future conflict
Posted on 13/07/2009 - 19:23
On the occasion of the third anniversary of the July 2006 war, the Israeli English-language media displayed a characteristic symbiosis - selectively criticizing the war's failed objective and leadership, while also praising the Israeli army's improved readiness for a future war - as well as an optimistic reconsideration of the war's "long-term" successes for Israel. Lebanon July war 
Blogger exposes new case of police brutality in Egypt
Posted on 10/07/2009 - 18:11
An Egyptian blogger has uploaded video accounts and statements from a family that claims it was subject to a police assault in their home in the Egyptian industrial town of Mahalla el-Kubra. Hanaa Saad Ibrahim says she was hit and insulted by a high-ranking police officer in the town and that the officer now is trying to persuade her to withdraw charges against her through intermediaries. Egypt Torture 
Royal horses stomp newspaper in the UAE
Posted on 10/07/2009 - 17:26
The Emirati media is a family-ruled domain par excellence, working to uphold the image of purity, modernity, and moderation of the civil state and its values – well a few of these values at least. Anyone who challenges this image will be punished, but is there anyone who will object? UAE Emirates today blank homepage 
Arab media and the environment
Posted on 09/07/2009 - 17:41
Policy and decision makers in the Arab world are ignoring environmental issues and the importance of sustainable education and nature conservation. A recent report says the media can play a crucial role in raising public and governmental awareness on environmental issues like sustainable education and nature conservation by conveying what life is really like in rural areas and what farmers need to improve their conditions. Lebanon Nabatiyeh  Environment and media  
Opinion | One woman makes the news, another one doesn't
Posted on 08/07/2009 - 15:45
Two women were killed in two distant countries: Neda Agha Soltan was shot during a protest in Iran, while Marwa El Sherbini was stabbed 18 times inside a courtroom in Germany. Each death, of these women who stood up for what they believed in, tells a larger story. Neda in Iran became a world icon, Marwa in Germany was simply disregarded. europe islamophobia Carlos Lattuf cartoon 
Egypt TV megapreacher
Posted on 08/07/2009 - 14:29
Egypt’s prominent Islamic TV preacher Amr Khaled left the country for the UK after being pressured to join a committee of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) and engage in “attacks” on the Muslim Brotherhood on air, reveals Egypt’s Al-Shourouk newspaper. Egypt Amr Khaled 
The printing press: A democratic necessity | Part Two
Posted on 07/07/2009 - 14:29
MENASSAT presents the second part of a two part series on the collapse of Mauritania's only printing press. What will it mean for the country's independent newspaper industry? Mauritania Printing Press 


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