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Israeli forces arrest, detain Palestine TV reporter Ali Dar Ali in West Bank
August 23, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about Israel's arrest and ongoing detention of.In a dawn raid on August 15, Israeli troops stormed into the Dar Ali family house in the West Bank village of Burham, 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) northwest of Ramallah, and arrested Ali Dar Ali, a reporter for the Palestinian Authority's official broadcaster Palestine TV, according to news reports, Ali Dar Ali's official Facebook page, and the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom.Ali

Rights groups pen open letter to U.N. on free speech
August 18, 2018
Author: Ghinwa Obeid
Source: The Daily Star
Several human rights organizations wrote an open letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Friday concerning to the recent surge in the number of activists and journalists being summoned for investigation in Lebanon. The letter was addressed to U.N. human rights chief Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein and David Kaye, the special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.“We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to expr

Israeli forces arrest at least 7 Palestinian journalists in West Bank
August 8, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
At least seven Palestinian journalists were arrested by Israeli forces in the West Bank since July 30, 2018.The early morning arrests occurred after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared the Hamas-affiliated broadcaster Al-Quds TV a terrorist organization and banned its activities in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Lieberman's order was issued on July 3 under Israel's counter-terrorism law, according to news reports from the time.Details of the arrests are below:In dawn rai

A word of caution and a call for mobilization
August 1, 2018
Author: Carmen Geha
Source: The Daily Star
The Lebanese government’s cybersecurity apparatus has been cracking down on activists over social media posts.This oppression triggered a mobilization – online and offline – in defense of freedom of expression and freedom of speech.Last week, a couple of hundred activists, intellectuals, artists and students gathered in Samir Kassir’s Square expressing their solidarity with activists who had been called in for investigation.The move calling for a sit-in against these oppressive measures

D-Jil Hackathon: Youth-Oriented Online Media Projects Meet in Beirut
August 1, 2018
Author: Alice Barillet
From July 13 to 15 a hackathon took place at Beirut Digital District as part of a cooperation between CFI, the Samir Kassir Foundation, Leaders of Tomorrow, FMAS and IREX Europe, with the support of the European Union. The topic of this competition was youth and online media. This event, which gathered participants from the Levant region – Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt –, was held within the framework oof the “D-Jil” project. A first D-Jil hackathon was held in Casabla