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Lebanese Media Coverage of the Oil and Gas Sector - 2017 Report
May 30, 2017
Since 2013, the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom at the Samir Kassir Foundation (SKF) has partnered with Middle East Strategic Perspectives (MESP) to conduct a thorough monitoring of the Lebanese media coverage of the oil and gas sector. SKeyes and MESP are also cooperating with journalist Matt Nash and the Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative (LOGI) to verify the accuracy of statements by politicians and prominent economists around the oil and gas sector. All the results of the fact-chec

Israeli security forces arrest Palestinian journalist in West Bank
September 29, 2017
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Israeli forces arrested Palestinian journalist Abdul Rahman Awad [on September 26, 2017] at his home in the village of Budrus, 19 miles (31 kilometers) northwest of Ramallah, according his employer and news reports. Awad is a correspondent in Ramallah for the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian news agency Safa.Awad’s wife, Sana Abdel Hafez, told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that Israeli security forces broke the main door of their house and entered at 2 a.m. . According to Abdel Hafez,

Protesters demand action on kidnapped journalist
September 26, 2017
Author: Timour Azhari
Source: The Daily Star
 Dozens of demonstrators gathered Sunday in Downtown Beirut to demand government action to rescue missing photojournalist Samir Kassab. “We are here to press the government to resume speaking about Samir Kassab so that his case doesn’t lose priority against other [issues]. There are a lot of things that are being given more importance, and we ask them to take [his] case seriously,” Kassab’s mother Maggie Kassab told The Daily Star.Protesters included family, friends, the head of Leb

Discussing democracy, human rights in digital age
September 12, 2017
Author: Federica Marsi
Source: The Daily Star
 Is there a technology that captures, in real time, how people think and feel about any topic? This was the thought-provoking question Jazem Halioui, the Tunisian founder of the tech startup WebRadar, opened his presentation at AUB’s Issam Fares Institute with Tuesday [September 5, 2017]. Halioui was one of three speakers at this year’s Tech4Freedom conference, organized in collaboration with the Samir Kassir Foundation, under the title “Democracy and Human Rights in the Digital Age.