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Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans killed in Libya
October 3, 2016
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Dutch freelance photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans was killed on October 2, 2016 in the Libyan city of Sirte while covering clashes between Islamic State fighters and forces loyal to the Libyan Army, according to Dutch and Libyan news outlets.Medical sources mentioned that the journalist was shot in the chest by an ISIS sniper during clashes.Oerlemans was kidnapped and held for a week by Islamic extremists in Syria in 2012, along with British photojournalist John Cantlie. Cantlie was kidnapped aga

Kidnapped German journalist and her baby freed in Syria
September 30, 2016
Source: The Local
 A German woman who was kidnapped in Syria last year while she was pregnant has been freed along with her baby, the German Foreign Office said on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.The pair were released on Wednesday and had safely crossed the border into Turkey, a foreign office spokeswoman said, declining to name the woman."The German national and her child who was born in captivity are doing well under the circumstances," she said, adding that they were now safely in the care of consular offi

Jordanian commentator Nahed Hattar shot to death in Jordan
September 25, 2016
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
The controversial Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was assassinated on September 25, 2016, outside an Amman court, where he was facing charges of "insulting religion" in connection with a cartoon he shared on Facebook, according to news reports. Relatives at the scene apprehended his killer, the reports said. Jordanian officials last month had detained the journalist, who was taken into custody on August 13 after he shared a cartoon depicting a bearded man in bed with two women in heaven, orde

Hamas targets Palestinian investigative reporter Mohamed Othman
September 7, 2016
Source: Reporters Without Borders
Palestinian journalist Mohamed Othman, whose investigative reporting is often critical of Hamas, was arrested by Hamas security officials in Gaza on September 1, 2016 and was held for nearly 24 hours.Aged 29 and a specialist in investigating corruption-related stories, Othman reports for the pan-Arab TV channel Al Araby Al Jadeed and the US news website Al Monitor. He is also the SKeyes Center’s Gaza correspondent.The reason for his arrest by Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, were not spec

Gag orders make Jordan's journalists skeptical of reform
September 3, 2016
Author: Sherif Mansour
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Sitting uncomfortably in her chair because of a soccer injury, the Jordanian radio host Diala Dabbas said, "I know we are banned from talking about the king, his family, and the divine, but now I am also afraid to talk about anyone else who could be considered a 'religious symbol'." Dabbas was injured while taking a forced hiatus earlier this month from her daily morning radio show "Kabsa," which translates roughly as "Hassle." Jordan'sMedia Commission banned her show&nb

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