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Activists: Media laws to get needed reform
March 4, 2019
Author: Finbar Anderson
Source: The Daily Star
Activists voiced optimism Friday [March 1] that 2019 could finally be the year that Lebanon’s antiquated media laws get a much-needed update, with a senior parliamentarian committing to making reforms.MP George Adwan, who chairs Parliament’s Administration and Justice Committee, promised to make efforts to pass a new media law this year. The politician, speaking during a seminar on “Renewing adherence to international standards of the right to freedom of opinion and expression,” said tha

Launching the 14th edition of the "Samir Kassir Award"
February 14, 2019
During a press conference held on 13 February 2019 at the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, Ambassador Christina Lassen launched the 14th 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 the Lebanese media. 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 Samir K

Itani called in for ISF questioning over tweet
February 5, 2019
Author: Emily Lewis
Source: The Daily Star
Actor Ziad Itani has been called in for questioning Tuesday [February 5, 2019] at the Internal Security Forces’ Anti-Cybercrime Bureau, a judicial source told The Daily Star Monday.The Beirut Public Prosecution referred Itani to the ISF bureau after a formal complaint was filed by lawyer Ziad Hobeiche, husband of disgraced ISF official Suzanne Hajj Hobeiche, the source said.The complaint was based on comments Itani made on Twitter, which Hobeiche alleged constituted personal attacks against hi

Palestinian security forces arrest journalist Yousef al-Faqeeh
January 24, 2019
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the arrest of Palestinian journalist Yousef al-Faqeeh, a reporter for the London-based Quds Press News Agency, and called on the Palestinian Authority to release him immediately.On January 16, 2019 officers from the Fatah-affiliated Palestinian Preventive Security forces raided the house of Yousef al-Faqeeh in the village of al-Burj, near the southern West Bank city of Dura. Al-Faqeeh is a reporter for the London-based Quds Press News Agency.