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Jordan Interior minister bans Mashrou' Leila again
June 13, 2017
Source: Ammon News
Members of Jordan's parliament and the kingdom's interior minister are attempting to cancel Mashrou' Leila's June 27 concert in Amman, according to media reports.A member of the Lebanese indie band confirmed to StepFeed that Jordanian officials have called for a ban on the concert, but no formal decision has been made. Reports say that tens of ministers have signed a petition against the event.Ministers opposing the Mashrou' Leila concert have been involved in a heated debate with the country's

Risk-taking regional journalists receive 2017 Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press
June 5, 2017
Author: Timothy Maloy
Source: Annahar English
 In a moving ceremony honoring regional journalists for stories often reported at risk to their lives, this year’s Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press was bestowed Friday upon reporters who ranged from Syria and Iraq to Egypt.The awards were given on the 12th anniversary of the assassination of prominent Lebanese-journalist Samir Kassir, an Annahar journalist and opinion writer, professor at the University St. Joseph, and a prolific book writer, whose ongoing work was devoted to m

June 2, 2017
The European Union rewards three journalists from Syria, Egypt and Iraq, winners of the 2017 edition  The Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon organised today 2nd June the annual ceremony for the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press, on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of Samir Kassir’s assassination. The ceremony was held in collaboration with the Samir Kassir Foundation. The winners of the 2017 edition are: - Opinion piece category: Issa Ali Khodr from Syria,

Silencing the few voices left: Egypt blocks 21 news websites Joint Statement: Access Now Tunis and SKeyes
May 30, 2017
Wednesday (24 May 2017) evening, Egypt has banned at least 21 websites, including the main website of Qatar-based Al Jazeera television, The Huffington Post, and prominent local independent news site Mada Masr. Mada Masr, as well as 20 other websites, were blocked by the Egyptian authorities for “supporting terrorism and extremism and spreading lies,” according to the state-run news agency Mena. Two Egyptian security sources have also indicated to Reuters that the outlets were blocked f