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Syrian military intelligence arrests Syrian Kurdish journalist at checkpoint
September 9, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Syrian military intelligence forces stopped and arrested Omar Kalo, a news anchor for the Iraqi Kurdish satellite news broadcaster Rudaw, at a checkpoint between the northern Syrian cities of Mambij and Aleppo on August 25, 2018 while he was on his way to Aleppo from his hometown Kobane to renew his passport, according to news reports and his employer.Majeed Gly, New York bureau chief for Rudaw, told CPJ that Syrian authorities had not informed either Rudaw or Kalo's family of any charges agains

UN Special Rapporteur urges Lebanon to act over freedom of expression crackdown
September 3, 2018
Author: Richard Hall
Source: The National
The United Nations’ expert on freedom of speech has raised concerns with the Lebanese government over a recent crackdown on expression online.More than 40 people have been summoned for questioning by authorities since 2016 for comments made on social media, in what activists have described as a marked deterioration of freedom of expression.A spate of incidents over the past few months prompted several human rights groups to pen an open letter to the UN to express “great concern about the cur

Israeli forces arrest, detain Palestine TV reporter Ali Dar Ali in West Bank
August 23, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about Israel's arrest and ongoing detention of.In a dawn raid on August 15, Israeli troops stormed into the Dar Ali family house in the West Bank village of Burham, 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) northwest of Ramallah, and arrested Ali Dar Ali, a reporter for the Palestinian Authority's official broadcaster Palestine TV, according to news reports, Ali Dar Ali's official Facebook page, and the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom.Ali

Rights groups pen open letter to U.N. on free speech
August 18, 2018
Author: Ghinwa Obeid
Source: The Daily Star
Several human rights organizations wrote an open letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Friday concerning to the recent surge in the number of activists and journalists being summoned for investigation in Lebanon. The letter was addressed to U.N. human rights chief Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein and David Kaye, the special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.“We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to expr