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Is Lebanon’s Court of Publications in service to journalists or politicians?
November 3, 2014
Author: Eva Shoufi
Source: Al-Akhbar English
 (Illustration: Pavel Constantin)Lebanon’s Court of Publications has been very active recently. The entire political class seems to be satisfied with its performance, and perhaps sees it as a suitable tool for repression and a new source to “make” money from journalists, who are accused of “defamation” and “slander.” Accusations of corruption leveled by journalists against corrupt officials are punishable crimes, whereas the corrupt reap millions.In six months (from March 2014

RWB puts ten faces to its #Fightimpunity campaign
October 30, 2014
Source: Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is highlighting ten emblematic cases of impunity as part of its #FightImpunity campaign for the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The aim is to involve the general public and step up pressure on governments to bring those responsible for these crimes to justice.When the UN General Assembly created International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 13 December 2013, it designated 2 November, the anniversary of the mu

Rubber Bullets Hit AP Photographer and Freelancer
October 29, 2014
Source: Associated Press
 Two photographers, including one working for The Associated Press, were struck by rubber-coated bullets fired at close range by an Israeli border policeman [on Sunday, October 26, 2014].Neither photographer was seriously hurt in Sunday's incident, which came during protests that followed the funeral of a 14-year-old Palestinian boy killed in a clash with Israeli soldiers.It was the latest incident in which journalists have been injured by tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets fired by

Family still holds out hope one year after Kassab abduction
October 24, 2014
Author: Justin Salhani
Source: The Daily Star
One year after Lebanese cameraman Samir Kassab was kidnapped, his family still wakes up each day hoping that their son, brother, and fiance will return to them. “Since then, we have no confirmed information regarding his situation,” Georges Kassab, Samir’s brother, told The Daily Star. “We heard from someone who said they saw him together with his crew – though nothing is sure.”Kassab was kidnapped with his Sky News colleagues Ishak Moctar, a Mauritanian, and a Syrian driver whose fa

4M Mashreq’s fifth session: Be the media of your own media
October 23, 2014
Author: Luca Paolo Cirillo
Source: SKeyes – Beirut
The 4M Mashreq program carried out its fifth and last incubator session in Beirut from October 13 to 16. Canal France International (CFI), the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom and AltCity launched the initiative in April this year to improve the quality of the media scene in the Levant by providing training and facilitating peer-to-peer cooperation between eight media start-ups from the region. The program included modules led by industry experts on topics ranging from writing techni

Travel challenges for Gazans fuel frustration
October 21, 2014
Author: Daoud Kuttab
Source: Al-Monitor
 Meral, a pseudonym, 28, from the Gaza Strip, has traveled the world and returned to her hometown in Gaza. But her account of the trip she took last week and related to Al-Monitor was so traumatic that it might be the last one she attempts to take out of Gaza.A freelance journalist who works with leading global media outlets, Meral was invited to a media conference in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. The trip out of Gaza was tricky, she said. One needs to organize a trip out of

4M Beirut Forum: Online Media and Journalism in the Arab World
October 16, 2014
How are online media changing the very foundations of news production and broadcasting in the Arab world? What impact are they having on the public debate?At a time when the Arab world is facing existential challenges, the 4M Forum in Beirut from October 17-19, 2014, will analyze the role and place of online media in this complex and highly charged context.At the forum, more than 250 stakeholders from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia w

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