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French-Lebanese director released after arrest over filming in Israel
September 12, 2017
Author: Chloé Domat
Source: Middle East Eye
A French-Lebanese filmmaker was released by Beirut authorities on Monday after being detained over a film he partly shot in Israel.Ziad Doueiri was returning from the Venice film festival where the star of his latest film, The Insult, won the prize for best acting.  He appeared in a military court on Monday after being detained on Sunday evening upon arrival at the Beirut airport, and having both passports confiscated."I am profoundly hurt. I came back to Lebanon with a prize from Venice,

Lebanese Director Ziad Doueiri Briefly Detained for Israel Film Ties
September 12, 2017
Author: John Owens
Source: Voice of America
Renowned French-Lebanese film director Ziad Doueiri appeared before a military court in Beirut Monday to face questions about his role in a past movie project in neighboring Israel. Lebanon bans its citizens from travel to Israel or having business dealings with Israelis as the two nations are in a state of war.Doueiri was briefly detained at Beirut's Rafic Hariri airport late Sunday and his passports confiscated after arriving in Lebanon to promote a new movie that received critical acclaim at

Hostile Environment First Aid Training (HEFAT): Why freelancers need it
August 31, 2017
Author: Petros Konstantinidis
Covering revolutions can sound romantic. The tragedy of a war creates powerful stories. Journalists, wanting to be present where history is being written, are naturally attracted by events like these. Conflict zones, though, are hostile to everyone, including journalists. Despite the appeal of reporting from a war zone, “no story is more valuable than your life,” according to the Washington Post’s Ed O'Keefe. To minimize the risks that reporting from a conflict zone entails, more and more

SKeyes at GCHR conference on shrinking civic space in the Gulf and MENA regions
August 31, 2017
Author: Petros Konstantinidis
The Gulf Center for Human Rights held a two-day conference centered on “Responding to the closure of civic space in the Gulf and MENA regions.” The meeting took place at Beirut’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on August 21 and 22. The conference aimed at creating a coalition to express a united voice against the closure of civic space in the Gulf and MENA regions and elaborate on ways to expand that space. International and regional organizations and activists were present, engaging in dialogue about