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Media Coverage of LGBT Issues in Lebanon
November 16, 2015
The SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom is proud to release the report on media coverage of LGBT issues in Lebanon, authored by the Maharat Foundation, as part of a European Union funded, joint SKeyes-Maharat project to build the capacity of Lebanese journalists to cover sensitive topics.The first chapter of the report tackles media coverage of judiciary enforcement of article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code. This is examined through a review of the evolution of Lebanese jurisprudence, a

Syria: No Word on Bassel Khartabil's Whereabouts
November 4, 2015
Syria’s authorities have yet to disclose the whereabouts of Bassel Khartabil, a software developer and defender of freedom of information, one month after his transfer to an undisclosed location, 22 organizations said today. Syrian authorities should immediately reveal his whereabouts and release him.Military Intelligence detained Khartabil on March 15, 2012. On October 3, 2015, Khartabil managed to inform his family that security officers had ordered him to pack but did not reveal his destina

Lebanon embassy's street renamed after Samir Kassir
November 2, 2015
Source: Reporters without Borders
In a protest to mark International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (2 November), Reporters Without Borders today renamed 12 Parisian streets after journalists who have been murdered, tortured or disappeared.The renamed streets are those with embassies of countries where journalists have been the victims of unpunished crimes. The embassy addresses have been changed to draw attention to the failure of these countries to take action and to remind them of their obligation to do wh

The Syrian Press between Two Caliphates, Abdullah Hallaq’s book launch
October 31, 2015
Author: Maarten Visser
While the world is focused on finding a political solution to the civil war in Syria, journalists, NGO representatives and other interested people gathered at the book launch of Abdullah Hallaq. The main objective of the book, entitled “the Syrian Press between Two Caliphates,” was to compare the media and cultural freedoms in different periods of Syrian history. The launch took place at AltCity in Hamra and the discussion revolved around the development of the media sector in Syria and the

'Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently' Activist Killed in Urfa
October 30, 2015
Author: Cassandra Vinograd and Ram Baghdadi
Source: NBC
An anti-ISIS activist group said Friday [October 30, 2015] one of its members has been "slaughtered" in Turkey by the militants.Ibrahim Abd al Qader was found "slaughtered" along with a friend "by the hands of ISIS" in the city of Urfa, according to Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.The group posted pictures of Qader and his friend Fares Hamadi on its official Facebook page and changed its profile picture to a black square.Turkish authorities could not immediately be reached for comment.Raqqa

No Screening License for Two BIFF Films
October 9, 2015
Source: Beirut International Film Festival
 The Beirut International Film Festival is sad to announce that it will not be able to screen two films originally planned on the festival’s program, namely WASP by Lebanese-Swiss director Philippe Audi-Dor, and Life is Waiting by Brazilian director Lara Lee, since both have so far failed to secure screening licenses.WASP is a love story between a homosexual man and a woman, whereas Life is Waiting, by Brazilian director Lara Lee, tackles the issue of the Western Sahara.

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