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Press and Cultural Freedom Violations
 LEBANON, SYRIA, JORDAN, PALESTINE
 July - August 2014
September 15, 2014
The months of July and August 2014 witnessed a high death toll among journalists during the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip. Thirteen journalists lost their lives during the latest conflict.In Syria, the Islamic State’s execution of US journalist James Foley opened a new, sordid page in the crisis especially that the radical organization still holds several other journalists. Physical assaults on journalists resurfaced in Lebanon and the state’s attempt to assert control over media outlets

Muslim leaders condemn murders of journalists by Islamic State
September 14, 2014
 As the Islamic State, also known as Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIS or ISIL), continues its advance in Iraq and Syria, the religious leaders of seven islamic organizations have signed an appeal by Reporters Without Borders for condemnation of this armed extremist group’s war crimes against journalists.

Following the release of videos on 19 August and 2 September showing the murders of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, Muslim leaders from Qatar, Ind

Syria: Free Prominent Rights Defenders
September 5, 2014
Source: Geneva
 The Syrian government should immediately and unconditionally release the arbitrarily detained human rights defender Mazen Darwish and his colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer, 79 organizations said today. The Syrian Anti-Terrorism Court is expected to issue its verdict on September 24, 2014 in their trial for “publicizing terrorist acts.” Darwish is the director of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM). Syrian Air Force Intelligence arrested the thre

SKeyes Condemns the Execution of US Journalist Steven Sotloff
September 4, 2014
Source: Beirut – SKeyes
On September 2, 2014, exactly two weeks after James Foley’s execution, the Islamic State (IS) beheaded US journalist, Steven Sotloff, using the exact same barbaric method.Condemning such barbaric executions is no longer sufficient. It is important to define the roles and hold to account all those who failed to meet their obligations to protect the hostages in Syria.The SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom strongly condemns the killing of US journalist Steven Sotloff and urges Islamic r

SKeyes launches the Wajih Ajouz Award for the best online campaign
September 4, 2014
Source: SKeyes – Beirut
SKeyes invites all Lebanese individuals and organizations, who launched online campaigns promoting human rights, freedom of expression and civic participation, to submit their candidacy for the first Wajih Ajouz Award (WAA). Topics of the campaign include but are not limited to fighting censorship, protecting journalists’ rights, online freedom of expression, access to information, cultural exchange, fighting discrimination, and encouraging civic – especially youth and women – partici

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