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Sentencing judgment in the case against Mr Ibrahim Al Amin and Al-Akhbar
August 29, 2016
Source: Special Tribunal for Lebanon
The Contempt Judge at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon sentenced Mr Ibrahim Al Amin to a 20,000 Euro fine and and Akhbar Beirut to a 6,000 Euro fine.The sentencing judgment in the case against Mr Ibrahim Al Amin and Akhbar Beirut (STL-14-06) was delivered today, [29 August, 2016] in a public hearing. Prior to the deliberations, both the Amicus Curiae Prosecutor and the Defence Counsel presented their arguments on sentencing before Judge Nicola Lettieri.The Contempt Judge ordered that both fines

Call for Applications: Asfari Fellowships for Journalists at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University
August 28, 2016
Source: Reuters Institute
Closing date for applications:  Monday 5th September at middayThe Journalism Fellowship Programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism supports talented mid-career journalists from around the world whose professional work would be enhanced by a period of reflection, research and intellectual exchange with other journalists in Oxford. The Fellowship Programme has run for 30 years and has a network of over 500 alumni from 93 countries. We are pleased to announce the call

Advanced tech support for nine Arab CSO projects thanks to Tech4Freedom
August 3, 2016
 The SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom held a two-day seminar to launch its Tech4Freedom project on August 1 and 2, 2016. In cooperation with Berytech and with the support of UNESCO, SKeyes gathered 13 NGOs from five different Arab countries (Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria) and IT firms and tech developers from Lebanon to meet and discuss potential collaboration initiatives that would combine creative IT solutions with human rights causes.Taking place at the Berytech

Tech4Freedom Defending Human Rights and Freedom of Expression through Technological Innovation
July 26, 2016
In the last few years, Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) have enabled and accelerated new forms of civic work and social mobilization. Ideas spread at unprecedented speeds and like-minded people can connect and exchange on online platforms.The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is today a fertile ground for many CSOs addressing the long list of challenges that citizens face: defending human rights from the worst forms of abuse, supporting freedom of expression, thought an

VDC Office in Al-Ghouta Attacked
July 26, 2016
Source: Gulf Centre for Human Rights
The Violations Documentation Centre in Syria (VDC) reported that a Syrian government jet fighter attacked the office of VDC in the city of Douma in Al-Ghouta, a suburb of the capital Damascus. Reports confirmed that two missiles have been fired against the office during the afternoon of July 22, 2016, which caused the destruction of the office, but not any casualties. The VDC is an independent, civil non-profit, non-governmental organization that has been monitoring and documenting the viol

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