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Cybercrime Bureau interrogates journalist
July 11, 2017
Source: The Daily Star
 A Lebanese journalist from pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat was interrogated Monday by the Internal Security Forces’ Cybercrime Bureau. The Samir Kassir Foundation’s SKEyes center for media and cultural freedom reported Friday that journalist Fidaa Itani had been summoned to the Cybercrime Bureau for questioning.The foundation said in a statement that Itani was not told why he had been summoned, but was allowed to postpone the appointment until Monday due to “family reasons.”Itani’s broth

Palestinian Authority Blocks Access to 20 News Websites
June 20, 2017
Source: SKeyes Special
On June 15, 2017, the Palestinian public prosecutor in the West Bank, Ahmad Barrak, decided to block access to the following 14 news websites affiliated with the Hamas movement and former Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan: The Palestinian Information Center, Shehab News Agency, Pal Times, Ajnad News, Fateh Voice, Firas Press, Felesteen, Omama News, Karama Press, Shfa Palestine News Network, Palestine Press News Agency, Kofia Press and Amad. The next day, six additional websites were blocked, namely:

Richard Falk: The Only Practical Solutions Are Utopian
June 21, 2017
Author: Petros Konstantinidis
Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University, was invited to Beirut for the closing event of the 2017 Beirut Spring Festival to talk about “The Global Rise of Populism, Trumpism, and the Decline of U.S. Leadership.” Hosted by the Samir Kassir Foundation in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, Falk’s lecture gathered an audience of more than 100 people at AUB’s campus. The American intellectual, who

Jordan scales down diplomatic ties with Qatar, closes Al-Jazeera office in Amman
June 15, 2017
Source: Daily Sabah
Jordan will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Qatar, it said on Tuesday, after examining the "cause of the crisis" between Doha and several other Arab states.Jordan also revoked the license of Doha-based TV channel Al Jazeera, government spokesman Mohammad al Momani said.Saudi Arabia is a key financial backer of Jordan.Momani said in a statement that the decision was made to ensure regional stability, coordinate the policies of Arab countries and "end the crises in our region."

Jordan Interior minister bans Mashrou' Leila again
June 13, 2017
Source: Ammon News
Members of Jordan's parliament and the kingdom's interior minister are attempting to cancel Mashrou' Leila's June 27 concert in Amman, according to media reports.A member of the Lebanese indie band confirmed to StepFeed that Jordanian officials have called for a ban on the concert, but no formal decision has been made. Reports say that tens of ministers have signed a petition against the event.Ministers opposing the Mashrou' Leila concert have been involved in a heated debate with the country's