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STL finds Al-Akhbar, editor guilty of contempt
July 18, 2016
Author: Susannah Walden
Source: The Daily Star
Al-Akhbar newspaper and its editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin were found guilty of contempt Friday [July 15, 2016] at The Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague. Amin and Al-Akhbar’s parent company had been charged with contempt of court and obstruction of justice after the paper published controversial articles in January 2013. The stories included photographs and personal details of 32 confidential witnesses set to appear before the tribunal.“I find both the accused guilty,” Contempt Ju

Family of killed U.S. journalist Marie Colvin sues Syria
July 11, 2016
Author: Lisa Barrington
Source: Reuters
The family of American journalist Marie Colvin, who died in Syria in 2012, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in a U.S. court, accusing the Syrian government of deliberately killing her.Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs in 2012 while reporting on the Syrian conflict, now in its sixth year.The lawsuit, filed in Washington on Saturday [July 9], said Syrian officials deliberately targeted rockets against a makeshift broadcast studio where Col

Fresh threats to journalists from Islamic State group
June 29, 2016
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Threats were made against journalists in a video purportedly showing militants from the Islamic State group murdering five Syrians accused of working with media and nongovernmental organizations.The 15-minute video, entitled "Inspiration of Satan," is marked as having been produced by the local media branch of the Islamic State group in Deir al-Zour, Syria, and was released on June 25 by pro-Islamic State group social media accounts. The video, which CPJ reviewed, shows five men confessing, appa

Syrian journalists critically injured in bomb attack on home
June 20, 2016
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Independent Syrian journalist Hadi Abdullah and cameraman Khaled Eissa were wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) that destroyed their house in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday, June 16, 2016, according to media reports. Eissa is reported to be in critical condition.The IED exploded at around midnight in front of Abdullah's home, where he and Eissa were staying. Eissa was taken to a hospital where he is being treated for wounds to the head and abdomen. He is in a coma, according t

Syrian journalist in Turkey survives second assassination attempt
June 14, 2016
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
There was an attempted assassination of Syrian journalist Ahmed Abd al-Qader in the southeastern Turkish town of Urfa on Sunday, June 12, 2016. This attack on the journalist was the second in three months.Two gunmen riding a motorbike shot Abd al-Qader, founder of the exiled Syrian news outlet Eye on the Homeland, three times, Eye on the Homeland said in a statement. Abd al-Qader is hospitalized, in stable condition, The Associated Press reported. The Islamic State group's Amaq news agency on Su

The European Union rewards three journalists from Syria and Egypt, winners of the 2016 edition
June 2, 2016
Source: Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon
The Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon organised on 2 June, in collaboration with the Samir Kassir Foundation, the ceremony for the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press, held on the 11th anniversary of Samir Kassir’s assassination.The winners of the 2016 edition are: - Opinion piece category: Maher Massoud (born in 1977) from Syria, an opinion writer for many Arab newspapers, magazines and websites and a researcher at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO). His pie

Lebanese Band With Gay Frontman Says It Was Banned From Jordan for Promoting Devil-Worship
April 29, 2016
Author: Vanetia Rainey
 Music lovers and freedom of speech-defenders across the Arab world were up in arms this week over the Jordanian government's last-minute decision to cancel a concert by Lebanese alternative indie-rock band Mashrou' Leila, raising questions about growing censorship in one of the region's most liberal countries.The hugely popular band, whose songs tackle taboo subjects such as political oppression and LGBT rights and whose lead singer is openly gay, were scheduled to perform in Amman's histo

“Untraditional” Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila banned in Amman
April 29, 2016
Author: Alex Rowell
Source: NOW
Just three days before one of Lebanon’s most popular bands, Mashrou’ Leila (“Night Project”), was due to perform before a packed audience in downtown Amman’s historic Roman amphitheater, the news broke that permission to hold the concert had been revoked by the authorities, angering thousands of ticket-holders and general fans of the band throughout the Middle East and beyond. “We deeply regret to inform you that unfortunately we will not be able to perform our concert in Amman

MARCH launches "Know your Digital Rights" Booklet
April 18, 2016
For a long time, Lebanon’s internet was still considered free and uncensored.But due to a lack of regulation and accountability practices, censorship of internet activities is on the rise in Lebanon.MARCH designed a booklet where you can find all your rights as an online activist or as a regular internet user.To access the full booklet please click on the link below:Know your Digital Rights Booklet

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