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Palestinian authorities ban 'Crime in Ramallah' novel over 'indecency'
February 8, 2017
Source: The New Arab
Palestinian authorities have banned a novel by a local author for indecency, the writer said on Tuesday [February 7, 2017], calling the decision an "unprecedented" attack on freedom of expression.Attorney General Ahmed Barak said the recently published "Crime in Ramallah" contained "indecent texts and terms that threaten morality and public decency, which could affect the population, in particular minors".He insisted the decision "does not violate freedom of opinion and expression".Abbad Yahya's

The EU launches the 12th edition of the "Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press"
January 31, 2017
 During a press conference held today, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 at Le Gray Hotel, Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the Delegation, launched the 12th edition of the "Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press" together with Ms Gisèle Khoury-Kassir, President of the Samir Kassir Foundation, and representatives from EU Member States. The "Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press", which has been awarded by the European Union since 2006, honours the Lebanese journalist and writer

Media lapses in ethical judgment a trend
January 4, 2017
Author: Nazih Osseiran and James Haines-Young
Source: The Daily Star
 The manner in which the Lebanese media handled the latest national tragedy drew a swift rebuke from the public and experts, who blasted the sector for lacking ethical standards in reporting. “In Lebanon we can say there is a trend, these aren’t [isolated] mistakes. Every time there is an attack it is common to go to the house of the victims’ family – it’s very painful to watch,” Ayman Mhanna, executive director of the Samir Kassir Foundation for media freedom, told The Daily St

Iraqi journalist kidnapped in Baghdad has been released
January 4, 2017
Source: The Daily Star
 The family of Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawky kidnapped in Baghdad last week says she has been released.Nibras Shawqi al-Qaisi told The Associated Press Wednesday [January 4, 2017] that her sister, Afrah, was released the night before, without providing further details.Gunmen who said they were members of the security forces asked to search Afrah's house last Monday before abducting her. They also took gold, money, phones, laptops and her car.The veteran journalist, who is also an employee o

Afrah Shawqi: Iraqi journalist kidnapped from Baghdad home
December 28, 2016
Source: The Guardian
 Gunmen have kidnapped an Iraqi journalist after posing as members of the security forces and bursting into her home in Baghdad, according to authorities.Afrah Shawqi was abducted on Monday [December 26, 2016] at around 10pm from her home in a southern neighbourhood of the capital, said Ziad al-Ajili, head of the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory. “Eight armed men burst into her house in Saidiya dressed in plain clothes and entered by pretending to belong to the security forces,” h

War reporter Marie Colvin was tracked, targeted and killed by Assad’s forces, family says
December 23, 2016
Author: Dana Priest
Source: The Washington Post
 American war correspondent Marie Colvin was deliberately targeted and killed by artillery fire in 2012 at the direction of senior Syrian military officers seeking to silence her reporting on civilian casualties in the besieged city of Homs, according to a civil lawsuit filed Saturday on behalf of her sister and other heirs.Based on information from high-level defectors and captured government documents, the 32-page complaint alleges that the military was able to electronically intercept Co

Professional Safety for Journalism Students A Course Taught for the First Time in Palestine
December 21, 2016
Author: Naela Khalil
At least three Palestinian universities are getting ready to integrate into their curricula a new course entitled “Professional Safety for Journalism Students.” The course will be taught in the second semester, at the beginning of 2017; a first in the history of journalism schools in Palestine. The authors of the course hope that all other journalism schools in Palestinian universities will adopt it in the near future. The Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education agreed at