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Hostage video of missing Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda raises fears of ransom
March 17, 2016
Source: Japan Times
An apparent hostage video emerged Thursday showing missing Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, sparking speculation of behind-the-scenes contact between his kidnappers and the government.But Tokyo was quick to say it is unaware of any ransom demand having been made.An apparent hostage video emerged Thursday showing missing Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, sparking speculation of behind-the-scenes contact between his kidnappers and the government.But Tokyo was quick to say it is unaware of any r

Renewed calls for Bassel Khartabil’s release on fourth anniversary of detention
March 17, 2016
Syria’s authorities should reveal the whereabouts of Bassel Khartabil, a software developer and free speech activist, and release him immediately, 30 organizations said on the fourth anniversary of his detention On 15 March 2012, Military Intelligence arrested Khartabil and held him in incommunicado detention for eight months before moving him to ‘Adra prison in Damascus in December 2012. During this time he was subjected to torture and ill-treatment. He remained in ‘Adra until 03 Oct

Digital Rights, Online Media and Electoral Campaigns
February 29, 2016
Recognizing the rising number of criminal charges against social media users the Samir Kassir Foundation’s SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom has endeavored to put together a set of recommendations for Lebanese government officials and lawmakers to implement long overdue amendments in the existing media and electoral law and practices. This research is conducted within the framework of the European Union-funded project entitled “Civil Advocacy and Mobilization for Electoral Reform

Israeli forces close down television and arrest 3 media workers
March 13, 2016
Source: International Federation of Journalists
Israeli forces closed Ramallah-based TV station Palestine Today and arrested its manager as well as 2 media professionals on Friday, March 11, 2016 over allegations of inciting violence.Israeli forces raided the offices of Palestine today in Ramallah over allegations of inciting violence against Israel and its citizens and ordered its closure. The decision follows the Israel security cabinet decision’s on March 10 to close down Palestinian media accused of incitement. The station’s director

Digital Rights and Online Expression in Lebanon
March 11, 2016
Author: Anna Lekas Miller
This report, authored by Anna Lekas Miller, focuses on how Lebanon’s legal infrastructure impacts journalists, media-makers operating in the digital sphere, and citizens expressing themselves online, particularly through social media. The media, whether traditional or social, are an essential liaison between voters and politicians. It is how citizens understand the policies of prospective candidates and analyze the information to make their decision and cast their vote. Journalists’ abi

The Appeals Panel reverses Khayat’s conviction and affirms Al Jadeed’s acquittal
March 9, 2016
Source: Special Tribunal for Lebanon
The Appeals Panel issued its Judgment (with two Separate Opinions and one Partially Dissenting Opinion) on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in the contempt case against Al Jadeed  Television and Karma Mohamed Tahsin Al Khayat. In its written Judgment, the Appeals Panel, presided over by STL President Judge Ivana  Hrdličková and consisting of Judge Janet Nosworthy and Judge Walid Akoum, reversed Ms Al Khayat’s conviction under Count 2 and set aside the fine of 10,000 Euros imposed on he

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