Tag Archives: press freedom

WikiLeaks: Media Relations, Hezbollah Style

We’ve known about Hezbollah’s media strong-arm tactics with Western journalists. Even Nic Robertson admitted during the 2006 Lebanon War that he was a tool of Hezbollah. Now WikiLeaks paints an even bleaker for Taher Abbas, a journalist with the misfortune of living in — of all places — Beirut’s Dahiya neighborhood, where Hezbollah is based.

Israel Rethinking Ban on Flotilla Journos

UPDATE 5:25 pm: No sanctions for the journos, according to this statement from the Prime Minister’s office. * * * This just in from Reuters. Israel’s rethinking it’s ban on journalists sailing with the Gaza flotilla: “(Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) heard about it on the news and asked to re-examine this issue because it’s problematic,” Deputy

Govt Spokesman Resigns In Protest Against Press Restrictions

You know freedom’s sliding when your country’s top government spokesman resigns to protest new restrictions on the press and free speech. Which is exactly what Jordan’s Information Minister, Taher Adwan, did. “I submitted my resignation today to Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit in protest at a government decision” to debate new press and publication laws in

Assad’s Small Media Victory at the Times of London

I don’t understand how the Times of London chose a photo of a Palestinain funeral to illustrate an update about Syrian rebels reportedly killing 120 policemen. This AP photo has nothing to do with the story. Which is exactly what Bashar Assad’s counting on. You won’t find any reporters or photographers in ?Jisr al-Shughur, Hama,

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Articles That Make Me Go Hmmmmm

• Israel might actually allow the Free Gaza flotilla to reach the strip. • Western journos are going batty in Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel. I wouldn’t blame Harriet Sherwood for missing the press freedom (and comfort) of the Jerusalem beat. • Iran’s helping Assad suppress Syrian protests. • Justin Bieber ain’t Israel’s only VIP guest tweeting

The State of Arab Media Freedom

Mideast unrest presents opportunities and danger (mostly the latter) for Western and Arab media. A quick overview of the state of media freedom in Egypt, Syria, Bahrain and Libya. Egypt: Blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad was sentenced to three years in prison for insulting the military. Activists like Mona Eltahawy and Basma Badr (via The Lede) are

March 27 Blogging

• Time meets some Gaza protest leaders who went underground in fear of Hamas. Think these Facebook savvy youth like Israel? But if both factions accept the terms youth organizers have laid out, Abu Yazan says, “Fatah is going to lose a lot too. They’re going to have to stop negotiating with Israel. They’re going

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Video: Libyan Minders Bundle Off Protester In Front of Shocked Journos

With Gaddafi’s goons preventing foreign journos from leaving Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel to freely cover the unrest, one opponent of the regime did something extremely brave. A distraught woman identifying herself as Eman al-Obeidy simply walked into the hotel as reporters were eating breakfast and began telling them she had been raped by government soldiers. And as she

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