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Lebanon’s shrinking freedom of expression
July 30, 2018
Author: Mona Alami
Source: The Arab Weekly
More than seven activists have recently been summoned by Lebanese intelligence services because they posted social media comments critical of pro-Syrian and Iranian-Lebanese politicians and parties. In the past two years, human rights groups have reported a threefold increase in the arrest, prosecution and questioning of activists and journalists.The Lebanese penal code punishes libel and defamation of officials, a justification that appears to be increasingly deployed by security officials to q

Israeli security forces arrest Palestinian writer Lama Khater in West Bank
July 30, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Early in the morning of July 24, 2018, Israeli troops raided Lama Khater's house in the southern West Bank city of Hebron and arrested her without informing her of any charges, according to news reports, the regional press freedom group SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, and Khater's daughter, Bessam al-Fakhouri, who posted photographs of Khater's arrest on Twitter. Lama Khater is a Palestinian blogger and contributing opinion writer to several media outlets, including Qatar-based Al-

Samir Kassir square sets the stage for protest against freedom suppression
July 26, 2018
Author: Zeina Nasser
Source: An-Nahar English
Activists gathered in Samir Kassir Square, downtown Beirut, Tuesday afternoon to protest the recent crackdown on freedom of speech and wave of investigations against dissidents.The organizers launched a campaign labeled “against repression” in the wake of an "unprecedented decline in freedom of expression in all forms.”The statement had called on concerned citizens to gather at 7:00 p.m. in defense of “our freedoms granted to us by the constitution.”Charbel Khoury, one of the activists

Palestinian security forces arrest photojournalist Huthifa Abu Jamous in the West Bank
July 26, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Palestinian Preventive Security Forces on July 22, 2018 detained Huthifa Abu Jamous, a Palestinian photojournalist and opinion writer for the Hamas-affiliated Quds News Network, after he was summoned without charge earlier that day for questioning at their headquarters in Abu Dis in the West Bank, according to the regional press freedom group Journalists Support Committee, his employer, and news reports.Abu Jamous' employer on July 24 quoted the journalist's mother as saying that her son's deten

Journalist briefly detained over online posts
July 21, 2018
Source: The Daily Star
General Security briefly detained a journalist Friday over Facebook posts and articles that were critical of local political authorities. The move is the latest in a string of actions taken by security forces in response to online speech.Journalist Mohammad Awwad was detained and questioned by General Security at 6 a.m. Friday and was later released after signing a pledge.Although Awwad was not notified of a specific post considered to be problematic, he said he was given the impression that it