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Attacks against free press are part of a global trend, requiring a global fight
November 2, 2018
Author: Christina Lassen and Gisèle Khoury
In a time of growing hostility against media, when journalists are being harassed, arrested, kidnapped or even murdered for carrying out their job, commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists is more important than ever. Today, the fight for a free press and for the safety of journalists is no longer limited to a few oppressive countries. A growing number of leaders no longer see the media as a cornerstone of democracy but rather as a threat. Attacks agains

Saudi control of Arab media, lamented by Khashoggi, shapes coverage of his death
November 5, 2018
Author: Robert Mahoney
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
It is a cruel irony that Jamal Khashoggi's last unpublished column for The Washington Post was a call for press freedom in the Arab world. His homeland, Saudi Arabia, has spent the last three decades and hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure that never happens.The House of Saud controls the flow of information like the flow of oil upon which it is built. For evidence, look no further than the reaction from Arab ministries and media as the Turks dribbled out details of Khashoggi's murder insi

Khasoggi’s Murder Spotlights Global War on Free Speech
October 30, 2018
Author: Shada Islam
Source: Friends of Europe
The gruesome killing of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has provoked global outrage. But let's also focus on the plight of other reporters – much less visible and politically well-connected than Khashoggi – who are killed, tortured, imprisoned and threatened every day.The war on free speech was once the preserve of dictators and authoritarians. The hostility against media has now extended to many democracies. Last year, press freedom around the globe declined to i

SKeyes Condemns Prison Sentence against Journalist Fidaa Itani
October 29, 2018
Source: Beirut – SKeyes
On October 22, 2018, the Baabda criminal court judge Ahmad Shehade sentenced journalist Fidaa Itani to two months in prison and fined him 35 million Lebanese pounds for libel, defamation and slander against Minister of Foreign Affairs and Free Patriotic Movement leader Gebran Bassil, following a Facebook post he published. On June 29, 2018, Itani was sentenced to four months in prison and fined 10 million Lebanese pounds in other lawsuits filed by Bassil. Complaints against Itani were also previ

Why was MBS so afraid of Jamal Khashoggi?
October 27, 2018
Author: David Ignatius
Source: The Washington Post
Why was Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman so afraid of Jamal Khashoggi that he reportedly gave orders this past summer to bring the Post contributing columnist back to Saudi Arabia?We’ll still be left with that question after the Saudi and Turkish investigations are done and the designated culprits are convicted. What was the threat that had to be silenced? My guess is that Khashoggi was seen as dangerous for the simple reason that he couldn’t be intimidated or controlled. He was an uncensore