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The right to not remain silent
April 16, 2014
Author: India Stoughton
Source: The Daily Star
Regrettable as it is, it’s not really surprising that censorship of media, media activists and bloggers increases during periods of political tension. Less expected, perhaps, is the increase in incidents of cultural censorship. “The alarming security situation in 2013 had a negative impact on media and cultural freedom in Lebanon,” writes Firas Talhouk in the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom’s annual report on press and cultural freedom in the Levant. Released las

Press and Cultural Freedom Violations LEBANON, SYRIA, JORDAN, PALESTINE January 2014
April 11, 2014
In January 2014, thirteen journalists and citizen journalists, including ten in Aleppo, were killed in Syria; four of them were executed by members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham, while three others were killed on the same day when covering clashes between the Syrian army and the rebels. Several media offices were shelled and destroyed. Israeli aggressions against Palestinian journalists continued in the West Bank and the 1948 Territories and a number of Palestinian journalists

SKeyes and GCJD Host a Two-Day Workshop on Cultural Journalism
April 7, 2014
Author: Michael Amery
Source: SKeyes
On March 27-28, 2014, the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom and the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy (GCJD) organised a training workshop on cultural journalism at the Riviera Hotel in Beirut. Journalists, artists and other professionals from Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Spain and the US attended the event, which was held with support from the European Union. To begin the event, Elsa Fenet, head of the political section at the

Human rights group urges end to arbitrary detention
April 7, 2014
Author: Brooke Anderson
Source: The Daily Star
Lebanon’s criminal justice system is blighted by arbitrary detention, arbitrary arrest, lengthy pretrial detention and long delays in trial, according to a report issued by a local human rights organization. “Suspects are deprived of their liberty for weeks and some for years before a verdict is reached in their case and pretrial detainees drift along in an undetermined status, where they are perceived as the perpetrator, but have not been found guilty by a court of law,” the Ale

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