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Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Baba shot while covering Gaza protests
June 13, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalistsism
 Mohammed al-Baba, a photographer for Agence France-Presse, was hit by a live round fired by the Israel Defense Forces while covering a protest east of the northern Gazan city of Jabalia on Saturday June 9, 2018, according to news reports, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, reports shared by news outlets on social media, and CPJ interviews with local journalists Saud Abu Ramadan and Moneeb Saada.Al-Baba, who was shot below the knee in the right leg, was taken to Al-Awda Hospital in Jaba

Palestinian security forces detain journalist Abdul Mohsen Shalaldeh in West Bank
June 7, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Palestinian Preventive Security forces detained Abdul Mohsen Shalaldeh, a reporter for the Hamas-affiliated news website Quds News Network, shortly after he arrived for questioning at the security forces' headquarters in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on June 3, according to news reports, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), and Shalaldeh's brother, Loay Shalaldeh.Loay Shalaldeh and Nabhan Khraisi, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate's communication officer, told CPJ that Abdul

Samir Kassir: The message and the award
June 7, 2018
Author: Adnan Hussein
Source: Al-Arabiya English
Some think that the role of the press and the media in general is declining. This belief is borne by the fact that the extent of public freedom is on the wane in Middle East countries. Even in the developed states in the East and the West, there are manifestations of curbing freedom of expression, and the US under Trump’s presidency is not the only example.Journalists in our countries are still considered adversaries. Government apparatuses, state institutions as well as political and religiou

Arab journalists take home Samir Kassir prizes
June 4, 2018
Author: Pernille Solheim
Source: The Daily Star
The 13th annual ceremony for the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press took place at Beirut’s Sursock Palace Gardens Thursday to honor courageous journalists from the Middle East and North Africa. Organized by the Samir Kassir Foundation and its president Gisele Khoury Kassir in collaboration with the European Union, the award aims to encourage critical journalism at a time when freedom of expression is increasingly at risk.“This is an occasion for us to mark every year, that we have t