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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

Journalists banned from entering Beirut park
September 2, 2014
Author: Habib Battah
Source: The Beirut Report
 Municipal police prevented reporters from LBC and Ad Diyar newspaper from entering Horsh Beirut during a rare opening of the city's largest park this weekend, eyewitnesses said. The journalists were banned from covering the brief park opening because city officials wanted to avoid "negative coverage" of the discriminatory policies that have shut the public out of the park for over a decade, social activist Mohammad Ayoub told me. Ayoub is the director of Nahnoo, an NGO that focus

Steven Sotloff, American Journalist, Allegedly Beheaded By ISIS
September 2, 2014
Author: Jack Mirkinson
Source: The Huffington Post
 The militant Islamic State group has released a video in which it claims to have beheaded the captured American journalist Steven Sotloff, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.In the video, which reportedly lasts for just under three minutes, ISIS allegedly murders Sotloff and threatens the life of David Haines, a British citizen.The apparent video comes weeks after ISIS released a video in which it beheaded another American journalist, James Foley. I

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