Rare court decision grants Lebanese mother the right to confer citizenship to her children
Posted on 19/06/2009 - 16:20
A court has granted a Lebanese woman the right to pass citizenship onto her three children, following the death of her foreign husband - a move that challenges Lebanon’s current nationality law. Women’s rights groups have hailed the ruling, referring to the move as an “important step forward” for equal citizenship rights in Lebanon. samira soueidan.jpg 
Social media, team building, and a whole lot of reflection
Posted on 19/06/2009 - 12:03
At the end of May, nearly 30 participants from eight Arab countries arrived in the Swedish capital for a three-week long intercultural leadership program with a special focus on social media as a tool to generate positive change in society. MENASSAT was in Stockholm participating in the Young Leaders Visitors Program (YLVP), organized by the Swedish Institute. si.jpg 
Arab media and the Iranian Elections
Posted on 17/06/2009 - 17:41
The Iranian authorities have imposed harsh restrictions on foreign media, confining journalists to their hotel rooms and workplaces and shutting down offices of news organizations. Arab media was not exempt from harassment, but like all things Iranian in the Middle East, the opinion is always divided. nijad supporters.jpg 
Controversy still follows Obama's Cairo speech
Posted on 16/06/2009 - 23:21
Mainstream press in Egypt has treated the political fallout delicately since US President Barack Obama’s June 4 speech in Cairo. Mirroring public opinion in the Arab world, Egyptians are unconvinced that America has turned a new page in its US foreign policy playbook. MENASSAT takes a look at events playing out in Egypt since Obama’s speech that are not on the official media radar. Obama in AIPAC.JPG 
Pressures rise on the National Syndicate for Tunisian journalists
Posted on 15/06/2009 - 16:24
After Tunisia’s lone journalists union - the National Syndicate for Tunisian Journalists (NSTJ) – released a critical report about government press controls, pro-government reporters from within NSTJ have made unprecedented moves to dismiss members of the union’s executive committee. Critics say it’s another step taken by the Tunisian government to stifle free press. tunis syndicate.jpg 
Lebanon's election day TV coverage
Posted on 09/06/2009 - 18:26
Lebanese TV channels were united over the weekend for one major event: the June 7 Lebanese parliamentary elections. MENASSAT's Sarah A.I. presents this overview of the coverage on Sunday. elections.jpg 
Obama’s visit: Egyptian media picks and chooses
Posted on 08/06/2009 - 14:29
The Egyptian government and media were well equipped for US President’s visit to Cairo last week. State security was out in force and the pro-government media effectively ignored any events and concerns that would defuse the Obama hype. MENASSAT’s Ismail Alexandrani reports. obama getty images.jpg 
Surprise: TV coverage of Lebanon’s elections is partisan
Posted on 06/06/2009 - 14:40
Lebanon’s June 7 parliamentary elections are said to be the most important since the end of the 1975-1990 civil war, and Lebanon’s partisan media outlets have reflected the traditionally fierce sectarian divisions in their coverage of the election run-up. In the final story for MENASSAT’s coverage of the Lebanese elections, Ghassan Saoud takes an in-depth look at the kinds of cheap tactics being employed by Lebanon’s partisan television outlets. leb tv.jpg 
Media Bias
Posted on 05/06/2009 - 21:28
Journalistic work, influenced by the journalists’ own cultural and ethnocentric values, is given a soul and a heart so that it could breathe, bleed, whisper, and implement the perfect milieu in audience members’ minds in order to construct its own ideology and its own reality. We rely on media outlets to quench our thirst of knowledge, but do we question the statements we listen to or read that we regard as facts? Few do so. Logo-SawtAshabab-bw-sm.jpg 
Lebanese Media, a fourth estate?
Posted on 05/06/2009 - 21:19
Historically, media was referred to as the fourth estate because of its power to criticize and question those in power, in other words, to function as watchdog for the government. In a democracy, the media should be a fourth estate, and the government should guarantee enough protection for the media to carry out this task. Logo-SawtAshabab-bw-sm.jpg 
The Egyptian opposition eagerly awaits Obama’s visit
Posted on 03/06/2009 - 09:16
Egyptians have spent weeks preparing for the first visit of US President Barack Obama to the Egyptian capital on Thursday. Although Obama is set to meet with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, it is his long awaited speech to the Islamic world that is causing the most media buzz. Reactions in the press have been diverse, but voices in the opposition have been dominated by the official press’ support for Obama. tut ankh amon 
Bareed Mista3jil (Express Mail) - new book presents stories from Lebanon's lesbian and transgender community
Posted on 02/06/2009 - 14:41
A ground-breaking new book published in Lebanon explores the lives of Lebanon's lesbian and transgendered community. The book, Bareed Mista3jil (Express Mail), presents 41 stories in both Arabic and English - derived from field interviews with members of both communities throughout parts of Lebanon. MENASSAT was at the May 30 book launch and reading, and features this interview with one of the book's main architects - Nadine Mouawad. BAREEDMISTA3JIL 
The unsolved murder of a Lebanese journalist - Samir Kassir
Posted on 02/06/2009 - 10:01
June 2nd marks the anniversary of the assassination of prominent Lebanese journalist and university professor Samir Kassir. Four years after his killing, those responsible for his death still remain at large. SAMIRKASSIRFUNERAL 
The Armenian media in Lebanon: pre-election divisions
Posted on 28/05/2009 - 17:25
Following the 1915-1920 Armenian Genocide in Turkey that took the lives of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians, hundreds of thousands of survivors were forced to settle in the the Levant. They settled in countries like Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine to become an important cultural component of the region as a whole. Armenians in Lebanon are seen as the swing vote in this years June parliamentary elections, and as part of MENASSAT’s election coverage, we survey the Armenian media sector in Lebanon. armenia press in leb.jpg 
Businessman buys Dar al-Sabah, Tunisians fear loss of last independent media outlet
Posted on 22/05/2009 - 17:17
Dar al-Sabah (The Morning) publishing house moves into the hands of businessman Fahed Sakher al-Materi - an institution that journalists say could have provided a margin of independence and freedom in Tunisia. tunis.jpg 
Lebanon's politicians get hip to online campaigning ahead of June elections
Posted on 22/05/2009 - 09:56
Online formats like YouTube and the social networking site Facebook are competing with the online viewership of Lebanon’s newspapers, and with Lebanon’s elections due to take place on June 7, Lebanon’s politicians are turning to these formats to push their political messages in the election run-up. Antonio_Carlos_de_Paula_Junior_Brazil3.jpg 
Journalists in Yemen: Government is trying to destroy independent press
Posted on 21/05/2009 - 16:10
Last month, as tensions in Southern Yemen heightened, so did the government's attack on independent press, banning 7 newspapers that reported on the issue. Yet those affected refuse to back-down to pressure, saying the government will fail in breaking independent media in the country. Mona Safwan reports. yemen.jpg 
Introducing, "The Circumventer"
Posted on 20/05/2009 - 17:25
A new software aiming to circumvent web censorship in the Middle East and beyond was recently launched at a summit on blogging in Cairo. The tool "Al-Kasir" - meaning "the circumventer" in Arabic, is now available for public use in its first test version. MENASSAT spoke to the brain behind Al-Kasir, Sweden-based Yemeni Internet pundit Walid Al-Saqaf. kassir.jpg 
ALGERIA: Amend media law, end imprisonment of journalists
Posted on 20/05/2009 - 11:56
In response to President Bouteflika's call for improving media standards in the country, activists, politicians and government officials are asking the government to abolish Article 144-bis - which allows for journalists to be jailed - and impose fines instead. algeria.jpg 
Lebanese parliamentary elections: who’s monitoring?
Posted on 15/05/2009 - 21:48
As Lebanon’s June parliamentary elections move closer, the international community has increased closely monitoring the elections process in an effort to assure that it is indeed fair and democratic. But how is local press reading the international and local monitoring efforts? MENASSAT’s Saseen Kawzally offers this commentary. lade.jpg 

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