Saudi women threatened to breastfeed their drivers if they aren't allowed to drive
Posted on 03/11/2010 - 14:27
In response to the Saudi Cleric Fatwa against driving by women. A group of Saudi women have threatened to breastfeed their drivers if they are not granted the right to drive their own cars. Woman driving at the desert of Chahroura Saudi Arabia. © Samer Mohdad / 
Confirmed downward trends of "Press Freedom" in the MENA region
Posted on 27/10/2010 - 15:07
At first glance, the 2010 index’s higher score as compared to that of 2009 seems to translate into gains. However, it is important to emphasise how troubling the situation had been in 2009. In that regard, 2010 actually spells out a return to the pre-existing equilibrium, with no sign of significant progress in these countries. World Press Freedom Day in the Arab world. © Adam 
IFJ calls on unions to confront gender bias in news and newsrooms
Posted on 11/10/2010 - 12:38
Following the release of a Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) report that says women are still "significantly underrepresented and misrepresented" in media coverage, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is calling for a new debate in newsrooms over how to report gender issues. Research shows that women's free expression is severely curtailed because they make up only a quarter of the views covered in the media. Beirut Beirut, Lebanon. © Samer Mohdad / 
Iraqi commission says journalist’s murder unrelated to his work
Posted on 07/10/2010 - 13:19
Sardasht Osman, a young journalist who was kidnapped on 4 May in Erbil and was found dead two days later in Mosul, was killed for refusing to cooperate with Ansar Al-Islam, a radical Islamic group linked to Al-Qaeda, not because of his work as a journalist, a Kurdistan government commission of enquiry said in a statement yesterday. Kurdish_protest_against_killing_of_Osman.jpg 
Reese Erlich: Variation on the theme "Terrorists"
Posted on 29/09/2010 - 14:01
Defining what a terrorist is and isn't is a major dilemma. What one may consider terrorism, another may consider resistance. So where does one draw the line? Reese Erlich tackles that topic in his latest book "Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and empire". Erlich is a veteran journalist who has covered U.S. foreign policy for decades. He has freelanced for National Public Radio, Radio Deutsche Welle, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, and writes for The San Francisco Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News. conversationswithterrorists_cover.jpg 
Jack Shaheen: “More leadership needed on Park 51 conversation.”
Posted on 01/09/2010 - 17:30
The national conversation on the Park 51 Islamic Community Center has taken a turn for the worst. Opponents claim it's too close to the Ground Zero and is offensive to families who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Others call it a breeding ground for Al Qaida terrorist networks and have protested at the proposed site. The controversy has brought out the worst in people. Fear, ignorance, prejudice, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and racism have reared their ugly heads and meaningful conversation is no where to be found. Where do people turn to put the Park 51 controversy into context? mosque-at-ground-zero+Jack-Shaheen.jpg 
Cyber crime law attacks free expression in Jordan
Posted on 25/08/2010 - 11:51
Jordanian authorities are attacking Internet freedom on all fronts. On 3 August they decreed a provisional cyber crime law, setting up a legislative arsenal to regulate the Internet and punish those critical of the state, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Jordan’s Internet News Sites Getting Their Very Own Law? 
Regimes worldwide attempt to control information on BlackBerry devices
Posted on 16/08/2010 - 18:05
The decision by the United Arab Emirates to suspend BlackBerry services for email, instant messaging and browsing the web as of 11 October was only the beginning. Riyadh_Saudi_Arabia_Samer_Mohdad_ arabimages.jpg 
Arab Satellite Broadcasting: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Posted on 03/08/2010 - 16:14
The Arabic satellite media scene is chaotic and over-crowded. The latest statistics indicate that there are 620 channels. It is a known fact that a large number of such stations are owned and run by people who don't have a clue how to run a TV station. TV_SCREENS_WHITE_BACKGROUND.jpg 
Syria: Al-Asad's Decade in Power Marked by Repression
Posted on 16/07/2010 - 12:43
President Bashar al-Asad has not delivered on his promises to increase public freedoms and improve his government's human rights record during a decade in power, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today on the eve of the anniversary of his accession to power. President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, Asma, at their private office overlooking Damascus. ©Taryn Simon for The New York Times 
Journalists on raided Gaza flotilla speak out
Posted on 14/06/2010 - 10:01
In the aftermath of Israel's raid on the flotilla delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza on 31 May, journalists released from custody are providing first-hand accounts of abuse, interrogation and confiscation of equipment by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). One journalist was killed in the deadly attack. Israeli forces approach one of six ships bound for Gaza in the Mediterranean Sea. 
Egypt: Activists take action against emergency law
Posted on 02/06/2010 - 10:53
The Egyptian government's recent two-year renewal of the decades-old emergency law - with only minor changes - has stoked the creation of a "national committee to build a future without emergency," reports the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR). egypt_emergency_law.jpg 
MOROCCO: New magazine braves risks to give voice to Arab homosexuals
Posted on 03/05/2010 - 21:47
Mithly means "the same as me" in Arabic; it is also a respectful way to refer to homosexuals. It is a word that the people behind Mithly magazine would like to see replace the more common "shazz," meaning pervert or deviant in Arabic, or "zemel," an expletive to describe gays in the Moroccan Berber dialect. Babylon, Beirut 1998. © Samer Mohdad / 
The Bahraini authorities dealing in double standards whilst fighting corruption
Posted on 28/04/2010 - 19:32
Bahrain: Authorities ban publication in the case of the minister accused of corruption due to the possible involvement of an official from the ruling family. Authority panels deliberately gave the case a sectarian scope, and targeted the weakest link to cover-up on major corruption. Bahrain-money-laundry.jpg 
Gazans show solidarity with jailed British protesters
Posted on 22/04/2010 - 12:33
In a statement released by the Palestinian Students' Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel and the University Teachers' Association in Palestine, Gazan academics and students have found themselves in the unusual situation of having to express solidarity with protesters in the UK. londongaza.jpg 
"Trust crisis" has changed the way the world’s wealthiest individuals invest
Posted on 16/04/2010 - 16:43
The global financial crisis has caused a trust crisis among the world’s wealthiest individuals, and they have responded by taking more control over their investments, seeking more accountability when they give to charity and holding out for higher quality when it comes to luxury goods, according to a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. trust-with-donors.jpg 
Israeli journalist charged with espionage for exposing executions of Palestinian militants
Posted on 09/04/2010 - 14:08
An Israeli journalist has been under secret house arrest since December on charges that she leaked highly sensitive, classified military documents that suggest the Israeli military breached a court order on assassinations in the occupied West Bank. illegal assassinations of Palestinian militants 
Two Britons facing jail in Dubai for kissing in public
Posted on 04/04/2010 - 15:37
A Dubai appeals court on Sunday upheld a one-month prison sentence for a British couple convicted of kissing in a restaurant. dubai-beach.jpg 
The struggle of being a woman journalist in Saudi Arabia
Posted on 09/03/2010 - 14:17
JEDDAH: The difficulties women journalists face in reporting an event in Saudi Arabia illustrates the wider difficulties experienced by women in the Kingdom. It starts with the press release. They arrive in abundance announcing outside events, seminars or conferences. 
Yemen: President uses military offensives as cover for attacks on dissidents
Posted on 16/02/2010 - 10:48
Yemeni authorities are taking brutal retaliatory actions against human rights defenders, journalists and critics of the regime's policies, according to IFEX members. In response, 25 Arab rights organisations, including the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and three other IFEX members, have released a joint statement calling on the government to end kidnappings, forced disappearances, torture and arbitrary arrests. Marib, Yemen. 1997 © S.M. / 

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