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4M Mashreq’s fifth session: Be the media of your own media
October 23, 2014
Author: Luca Paolo Cirillo
Source: SKeyes – Beirut
The 4M Mashreq program carried out its fifth and last incubator session in Beirut from October 13 to 16. Canal France International (CFI), the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom and AltCity launched the initiative in April this year to improve the quality of the media scene in the Levant by providing training and facilitating peer-to-peer cooperation between eight media start-ups from the region. The program included modules led by industry experts on topics ranging from writing techni

Travel challenges for Gazans fuel frustration
October 21, 2014
Author: Daoud Kuttab
Source: Al-Monitor
 Meral, a pseudonym, 28, from the Gaza Strip, has traveled the world and returned to her hometown in Gaza. But her account of the trip she took last week and related to Al-Monitor was so traumatic that it might be the last one she attempts to take out of Gaza.A freelance journalist who works with leading global media outlets, Meral was invited to a media conference in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. The trip out of Gaza was tricky, she said. One needs to organize a trip out of

4M Beirut Forum: Online Media and Journalism in the Arab World
October 16, 2014
How are online media changing the very foundations of news production and broadcasting in the Arab world? What impact are they having on the public debate?At a time when the Arab world is facing existential challenges, the 4M Forum in Beirut from October 17-19, 2014, will analyze the role and place of online media in this complex and highly charged context.At the forum, more than 250 stakeholders from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia w

Release Khalil Ma’touq Immediately, Unconditionally
October 2, 2014
 The Syrian government should immediately and unconditionally free the prominent human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq and his colleague Mohamed Zaza,26  organizations said today, on the second anniversary of their enforced disappearance.  Ma’touq, director of the Syrian Center for Legal Studies and Research, is a human rights lawyer who has been defending peaceful activists for more than 20 years. He and his colleague and assistant Mohammed Zaza have been missing since October 2

Pro-Army protestors invade Al-Jazeera's Beirut offices
September 28, 2014
Source: The Daily Star
 A group of Lebanese activists held a protest at the offices of Al-Jazeera television station in Beirut Sunday expressing anger over insults made by a journalist against the Lebanese Army. Carrying banners in support of the military, dozens of activists from a previously unknown group named “Omega” gathered at the offices of the television station in the Clemenceau neighborhood of Beirut, calling on TV host Faisal al-Qassem to apologize for anti-Army remarks he made over the weeken

4M Mashreq’s Fourth Session: Think, Write and Pitch
September 23, 2014
Author: Luca Paolo Cirillo
Source: SKeyes – Beirut
 The 4M Mashreq program carried out its fourth, and second to last, incubator session from September 8 to 13, 2014. The initiative, organized by Canal France International in partnership with the Samir Kassir Foundation and AltCity, has gathered journalists and experts from around Mediterranean region to engage in a fruitful South-South cooperation. The program aims to facilitate the growth of eight Middle Eastern online news startups in order to increase the quality of the media scene in t

New ISIS Video Features British Hostage, John Cantlie, as Spokesman
September 19, 2014
Author: Ben Hubbard

Source: The New York Times
 The Islamic State released the latest in a series of propaganda videos on Thursday, a slickly produced introduction to what it promised would be a multipart series on the group and the folly of efforts by the United States to fight it. The segment is a sharp departure from the Islamic State’s recent grisly videos showing a black-clad executioner beheading Western hostages in the desert, which helped galvanize international support for wider military action against the group. Th

Press and Cultural Freedom Violations
 July - August 2014
September 15, 2014
The months of July and August 2014 witnessed a high death toll among journalists during the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip. Thirteen journalists lost their lives during the latest conflict.In Syria, the Islamic State’s execution of US journalist James Foley opened a new, sordid page in the crisis especially that the radical organization still holds several other journalists. Physical assaults on journalists resurfaced in Lebanon and the state’s attempt to assert control over media outlets

Muslim leaders condemn murders of journalists by Islamic State
September 14, 2014
 As the Islamic State, also known as Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIS or ISIL), continues its advance in Iraq and Syria, the religious leaders of seven islamic organizations have signed an appeal by Reporters Without Borders for condemnation of this armed extremist group’s war crimes against journalists.

Following the release of videos on 19 August and 2 September showing the murders of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, Muslim leaders from Qatar, Ind

Syria: Free Prominent Rights Defenders
September 5, 2014
Source: Geneva
 The Syrian government should immediately and unconditionally release the arbitrarily detained human rights defender Mazen Darwish and his colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer, 79 organizations said today. The Syrian Anti-Terrorism Court is expected to issue its verdict on September 24, 2014 in their trial for “publicizing terrorist acts.” Darwish is the director of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM). Syrian Air Force Intelligence arrested the thre

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