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SKeyes and GCJD Host a Two-Day Workshop on Cultural Journalism
April 7, 2014
Author: Michael Amery
Source: SKeyes
On March 27-28, 2014, the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom and the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy (GCJD) organised a training workshop on cultural journalism at the Riviera Hotel in Beirut. Journalists, artists and other professionals from Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Spain and the US attended the event, which was held with support from the European Union. To begin the event, Elsa Fenet, head of the political section at the

Human rights group urges end to arbitrary detention
April 7, 2014
Author: Brooke Anderson
Source: The Daily Star
Lebanon’s criminal justice system is blighted by arbitrary detention, arbitrary arrest, lengthy pretrial detention and long delays in trial, according to a report issued by a local human rights organization. “Suspects are deprived of their liberty for weeks and some for years before a verdict is reached in their case and pretrial detainees drift along in an undetermined status, where they are perceived as the perpetrator, but have not been found guilty by a court of law,” the Ale

Co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights detained and denied entry into Jordan
April 3, 2014
Source: Gulf Centre for Human Rights
On Sunday, March 30, 2014, human rights defender and co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR)Khalid Ibrahim was detained at Amman Airport in Jordan and denied entry into the country. He was kept in a room along with a large number of other people, the majority of whom were Syrian. Those who were detained were not allowed to leave the room unless accompanied by a policeman. Ibrahim was travelling to the country to participate in a UNESCO Media Development Indicator training

Spanish journalists Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova freed after ISIS kidnapping
March 31, 2014
Source: BBC News
Spanish newspaper El Mundo said its Middle East correspondent, Javier Espinosa, had phoned the newsroom [on Saturday, March 29, 2014] to say that he had been freed along with photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova. Mr. Espinosa said they had been handed over to Turkish soldiers. Scores of journalists are believed to have been kidnapped or killed by rebel fighters in Syria. Mr. Espinosa and Mr. Vilanova were seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) near the Turkish b

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