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Armed raid to arrest journalist a ‘scandal,’ activist says
December 13, 2018
Author: Finbar Anderson
Source: The Daily Star
An online publication reported being raided by an armed police squad Monday, the same day international politicians warned of free speech crackdowns on the anniversary of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. Hazem al-Amin, co-founder and editor-in-chief of online newspaper Daraj, said in a statement published on social media late Monday that around 10 armed officers from the Internal Security Forces raided the publication’s premises shortly after he had been visited by a detective. The r

Militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham threatens to execute Syrian journalist Amjed al-Maleh
December 13, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Beirut, December 11, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed grave concern about the fate of Syrian journalist Amjed al-Maleh. According to news reports, Syrian militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham threatened to execute al-Maleh, a Syrian freelance journalist and media activist from the southwestern Syrian city of Madaya whom the group had been holding captive for nearly a year.Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an Al-Qaeda offshoot previously known as Al-Nusra Front, threatened to execute

Israel raids Palestinian news agency, detains journalist in the West Bank
December 13, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Israeli forces raided on December 10, 2018 the offices of the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA) in the West Bank city of Ramallah and detained Al-Quds News Network writer and Quds Radio Tulkarm correspondent Sameh Manasra.Beginning late the night before, raids by Israeli troops, border police, and other Israeli security forces in several Palestinian cities have led to at least 28 arrests, according to news reports and a Facebook post by the Palestinian Ministry of Information. Israe

Second call for D-Jil projects: Innovate and create online media content for young people
December 13, 2018
Webtv, webradio, YouTube Channels, innovative online programmes…You have a project that aims at giving a voice to young people in the Arab world and would like to take to another level? Apply for D-Jil and benefit from support to produce online media content for the new generation!CFI, the Samir Kassir Foundation and their partners are looking for online media project leaders for its EU funded support programme for young people in the Arab world. For a period of 2 years, D-Jil will support ini

LGBTI video makes history to win major award in Lebanon
December 13, 2018
Author: Shannon Power
Source: Gay Star News
 Since April when an award winning LGBTI social media campaign was launched ‘free speech spaces have been shrinking’ in Lebanon.Religious extremism is leading to the crackdown of the LGBTI community including the closure of many events. Lebanese advocates said more activists are take in for questioning, while others are under travel restrictions.So, to win a prestigious award from a non-LGBTI organization is a really big deal.This week the #NoLongerAlone campaign won the Wajih Ajouz awa

In Lebanon, political figures and powerful families control the media
December 10, 2018
Author: Anne-Marie El-Hage
Source: L’Orient-Le Jour
The Lebanese media – including TV, radio, print and online – is mainly owned by a dozen powerful families and major political parties. As a result, these factions, and sometimes their foreign backers, are in control of the information consumed by Lebanese citizens, leading to increased polarization. Many of the families are closely associated with political parties, such as the Hariri, Aoun, Tueni, Edde*, Pharaon*, Fares, Mikati, Murr, Salam, Khayat, Khazen and Daher-Saad familiies. While me