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Gunshots fired at Al Jazeera bureau in Gaza
July 22, 2014
Source: Source: Al Jazeera
 Gunshots have been fired into Al Jazeera’s bureau in the Gaza Strip amid an intensified bombardment campaign on the Palestinian enclave.The shots caused panic among the civilians living in the same building but no casualties have been reported in the incident on Tuesday morning."Two very precise shots were fired straight into our building", Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker, reporting from the bureau in Gaza said."We are high up in the building so we had a very strong vantage point over the

Bi-Monthly Report Executive Summary Press and Cultural Freedom Violations, May - June 2014
July 18, 2014
LEBANON, SYRIA, JORDAN, PALESTINEThe months of May and June 2014 were marked by extreme levels of violence by the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) against Syrian journalists and the death of several journalists under torture in the Syrian regime’s jails. Also, Israeli violations targeting journalists, across the Palestinian territories, have continued alongside physical assaults on news providers by Palestinian security forces.Three movies were censored in Lebanon in May and Jordanian sec

Israel Denies Exit for Palestinian Artist in New Museum Show
July 15, 2014
Author: Myriam Vanneschi
Source: Hyperallergic
With less than a week to go before the opening of two shows that feature the works of Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar, I received a message from him that read: “The Israelis sent me back.” Another soon followed: “No trip to NY.”Jarrar was to take part in a panel on the opening day, July 16, of Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum, and be present for a separate solo show at Whitebox Art Center that I organized with him, opening July 17. We were

Israeli strike hits media vehicle, kills driver
July 11, 2014
Author: Asmaa Al-Ghoul
Source: Al-Monitor
Since the start of the Israeli aggression on Gaza on the morning of July 8, I have been working from the headquarters of Media24, a local news agency, in Burj al-Ghafari, in western Gaza City. It provides electricity, cars and logistical equipment to ensure that nothing delays my writing and sending of reports. In the mornings, I go to areas that have been targeted to conduct interviews, and then I return to the office, where I am confident that such services as electricity and Internet

CNN's Ben Wedeman Gets Hit by Rubber Bullet During Jerusalem Clash
July 5, 2014
Author: Adam Chandler
Source: The Wire
CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman described getting hit in the head by a rubber bullet while covering clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in Jerusalem on Friday [July 4, 2014].  “It hurt. It was a bit like getting hit by a rock. A lot of blood came out. But there were medics nearby and they attended to it.” Apparently, this isn't Wedeman's first rubber bullet rodeo. He added that he was between "a rock and a hard place," some gallows humor given the

4M Mashreq Incubator Program Concludes its Second Training Workshop
June 27, 2014
Author: Joshua Levkowitz
Source: SKeyes – Beirut
The 4M Mashreq program, organized by Canal France International (CFI), the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom and AltCity, completed its second incubator session from June 16 to 21, 2014. Eight online media start-ups focused on web design, user experience, and the technical implementation of online features. The session gathered participants from:-          Frame (Lebanon) -          Mas

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