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A chilling injustice to one of Lebanon’s bravest women
January 20, 2018
Author: Alex Rowell
Source: Al-Jumhuriya
 With no fewer than three movies banned, on pretexts including the possibility of “plant[ing] some ideas in some people,” 2018 was already off to a less than fully auspicious start on the cultural freedom front in Lebanon. The news that emerged last night, however, was of an altogether graver and more alarming nature.Lebanon’s military court, it transpires, has issued a six month jail sentence in absentia to the Lebanese journalist and political analyst Hanin Ghaddar for remarks made

Jordan arrests two journalists over report on finance minister
January 20, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
 An Amman prosecutor ordered, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 the arrest of Shadi al-Zinati, the editor-in-chief of independent news website Jfranews and editor Omar Sabra al-Mahrama after Jordanian Finance Minister Omar Malhas filed a complaint against Jfranews, according to news reports and an article by the journalists' employer.A post on the Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera's official Facebook page said that the journalists were arrested over an article published earlier this month about the

SKeyes Condemns Prison Sentence against Journalist Hanin Ghaddar
January 18, 2018
Source: Beirut – SKeyes
The military court sentenced Lebanese journalist, researcher and Friedmann Visiting Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Hanin Ghaddar, in absentia to six months in prison for undermining the Lebanese army” during a conference organized in the US capital in May 2014.“The military court sentenced my client in absentia, accusing her of causing harm to the Lebanese army during a conference held by the Institute in Washington in May 2014. Back then, my client said that the Le

When Syrian Cities Tell their Story
January 17, 2018
Author: Nader Durgham
 Artistic expression merged with the Syrian uprising on Friday, January 12 at The Creative Memory’s discussion on their book, “The Story of a Place, The Story of a People.”Speakers at the discussion included Sana Yazigi, founder of the Creative Memory Project, Hazem Saghieh, a journalist and writer and Luqman Slim, a writer and director of Umam Foundation for Research and Documentation. Ayman Mhanna, executive director of the Samir Kassir Foundation, moderated the event at Dawawine, a