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Media and Cultural Freedom Violations in the Levant-Monthly Report – January 2018
February 17, 2018
In Lebanon, press freedom violations have significantly increased in January 2018: journalists were beaten, threatened, intimidated, summoned, questioned, arrested and tried in absentia. In Syria, ten citizen journalists were injured, including five by Syrian and Russian aircraft bombing. The Israeli police arrested journalists and attacked them with stun grenades in the 1948 Territories and the West Bank, where journalists were also brought to court by the Palestinian Security Services. In the

Satire Suffers as Lebanon Cracks Down on Free Speech
February 13, 2018
Author: Erika Solomon
As he sang and danced across the stage in a black-and-white prison costume, comedian Hicham Haddad turned challenges to free speech in Lebanon from a nationwide controversy into television farce. Not everyone was amused. Already facing prosecution for jokes mocking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saad Hariri, the Lebanese prime minister, Haddad was slapped with new charges by prosecutors — for insulting them. It was the latest in a string of legal challenges and detentions linked to

Beirut's movie boycott hurts Lebanon more than Israel
February 12, 2018
Author: Florence Massena
Source: Al-Monitor
The Lebanese General Security Directorate recently reviewed director Steven Spielberg's film "The Post" because of his ties with Israel, and its censorship committee decided to ban the movie because Spielberg is on a blacklist for "Schindler’s List." A few days later, the decision was reversed and the movie was allowed in cinemas.Movie censorship in Lebanon is haphazard, with decisions based loosely on a 1947 law and often made under pressure from religious and political groups. Censorship is

Youthroom: A new €2 million project to support Arab youth through digital media
February 12, 2018
 CFI, in partnership with the Samir Kassir Foundation, IREX Europe, Leaders of Tomorrow and FMAS, is launching a €2 million EU-funded project to support youth in the Arab world through digital media.Youthroom will run over four years and mentor 20 initiatives from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.Selection: in March 2018, there will be a call for applications to longlist the 30 best projects focusing on digital content intended to meet the expe