Egyptian woman’s death in Germany outrages Egyptian blogosphere
Posted on 06/07/2009 - 23:01
Last week (July 1), 32-year old Egyptian woman Marwa el-Sherbini was murdered in a Dresden court room - stabbed 18 times in front of her young son in an apparent hate crime. Five days on, there has been little media attention even in Germany, and the Egyptian blogosphere has responded in tandem with the outrage on the Egyptian street - calling the incident racist and anti-Islamic. Egypt germany Marwa Sherbini 
Qadhafi pressures Moroccan government into fining three newspapers
Posted on 06/07/2009 - 15:52
Three independent Moroccan newspapers had fines of over $370,000 levied against them last week for allegedly defaming Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Al-Qadhafi. The ruling has angered the Moroccan media and media advocacy organizations who are publicly calling the move a new threat to press freedoms in Morocco. Tunis Kaddafi.jpg 
Child labor in Lebanon: A breakdown
Posted on 06/07/2009 - 14:26
Lebanon has the highest proportion of working kids aged 10 to 17 in the world, with over 100,000 children in the country who are victims of child labor and illicit trafficking. Rights groups say better coverage of the often misreported and absent story could help inform people about the realities of child labor. Lebanon Child labor  
Jack Shaheen: Obama delivers a message of peace to the Muslim world
Posted on 03/07/2009 - 16:46
Originally published on The Huffington Post, Christian Avard talked with Jack Shaheen, author of the groundbreaking work “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People,” and the author of “Guilty: Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs after 9/11.” Avard talked with Shaheen to find out what he thought of US President Barack Obama's speech to the Arab world in Cairo last month. Huffington Post Jack Shaheen 
"Who is a journalist? Who is a blogger? Who cares?"
Posted on 03/07/2009 - 16:37
At a young leaders conference in Sweden, Mark Comerford, self-described on his twitter account as a "Journalist, educator and generally strange guy," shared his knowledge on digital media with workshop participants. MENASSAT caught up with Comerford to discuss social media, social change and journalism's redirection. Sweden Mark Comerford  
Egypt to distribute book on sexual harassment among Imams
Posted on 02/07/2009 - 21:38
Egypt’s Ministry of Endowments has published a book on sexual harassment that is to be circulated at local mosques around the country in an attempt to raise awareness about Egypt’s social problems among Imams. Egypt sexual harassment demonstration 
Egypt: See no strikes, hear no strikes, report no strikes
Posted on 02/07/2009 - 12:43
Hundreds of workers at a local factory have been on strike since the end of May, demanding an increase in salaries and back pay that has not been given. On Tuesday, the Egyptian state security reared its ugly head when a foreign journalist attempted to cover the strike. Egypt Tanta Strike 
Al Jazeera English launches in first major US cable market
Posted on 02/07/2009 - 07:12
Cable viewers in the Washington DC area will finally be able to get Qatar-based Al Jazeera’s English language news channel. It’s the first major deal signed with an American cable TV company since the English version of Al Jazeera launched in the fall of 2006. USA Aljazeera.jpg 
Aid ship passengers detained in Israel: "We are not the story"
Posted on 02/07/2009 - 06:18
Nineteen of the 21 passengers on the Spirit aid ship headed to Gaza are still being detained in Israel, after authorities boarded the ship, towing it to Ashdod detention center on June 30. Organizers of the Free Gaza movement that commandeered the Spirit say international condemnation of the Israeli action has actually diverted attention from the situation in Gaza, where Palestinians have endured a criminal 2 year Israeli air, land and sea blockade. Palestine Gaza spirit of humanity 
Detained Egyptian blogger: "I think someone set me up"
Posted on 01/07/2009 - 16:22
On Tuesday morning prominent Egyptian blogger and human rights activist Wael Abbas was detained by security officers at Cairo airport for more than 13 hours as he was returning from a conference in Sweden. His laptop remains confiscated by Egypt's anti-piracy authority. Abbas told MENASSAT upon his release that he thinks he was "set up." egypt wael abbas.preview_0.jpg 
Mauritanian printing press on the verge of collapse | Part One
Posted on 30/06/2009 - 16:14
Mauritania's only printing press could be on the verge of collapse. Some media workers fear this will be the end of print journalism in the country as many newspapers are being forced to resort to cut-and-paste journalism. Mohammad Salem reports. Mauritania Printing Press 
Tunisian expatriates fight for their right of return
Posted on 30/06/2009 - 14:41
On Tuesday June 23, three Tunisian rights activists were attacked in Tunis on their way back from the founding conference of the International Organization of Tunisian Migrants in the Swiss capital, Geneva. Rights groups said the attack was meant to be a warning for an organization putting pressure on the Tunisian government to pardon political refugees in exile. Tunis International Organization for Tunisian Migrants 
Sarkozy’s Burka row stirs debate
Posted on 29/06/2009 - 16:06
In a recent speech, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that the body-length garment worn by some Muslim women - the Burka - is not welcome in France. Sarkozy’s remarks have sparked strong reactions from Muslim communities around the world and some rights groups believe that banning the Burka is a breach of freedom of choice. MENASSAT takes a look at some of the responses in the Arab press and blogosphere. France Burkaa' homepage picture 
Between professionalism and consumerism in Egypt - training the Arab media
Posted on 27/06/2009 - 10:11
Although Arab universities acknowledge the growing influence of new media and have expanded communications departments throughout the Arab world, journalist-training programs for young Arab reporters are scarce, and existing journalist-training programs are often funded and run by non-Arab organizations. Ismail Alexandrani looks at two recent programs in Egypt. sana al3.jpg 
"Politics, culture, and dissident:" New study maps out trends in Arab blogosphere
Posted on 26/06/2009 - 14:28
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University has published an analysis of the Arab blogsphere, studying the views of Arab bloggers across the Middle East on issues such as media, politics, religion, culture, and international affairs. Harvard's map of the Arab blogosphere  
MAURITANIA: Controversial opinion writer jailed for writing about presidential candidate
Posted on 25/06/2009 - 15:27
Considered one of the most vocal critics of the Mauritanian regime, dissident writer Hanevy Ould Dahah was jailed last week and charged with defaming Mauritanian presidential candidate Sar Ibrahima Mokhtar. MENASSAT's Mohammad Salem looks at the controversial arrest and what is being done to free Ould Dahah. Hanafi Mauritania.jpg 
Iran’s democracy in the eyes of the Arab world
Posted on 24/06/2009 - 17:53
The historical Shiite-Sunni division in the Arab world has often colored Arab media commentary and analysis about Iran, and not since the 1979 Iranian Revolution has the Arab media been so focused on Iran. MENASSAT takes a look at the Arab media coverage two weeks after the heavily contested presidential elections. 6a00d8341cc90353ef0115701d5913970c.jpg 
Citizen media takes the stage as protests continue in Iran
Posted on 23/06/2009 - 16:39
With foreign media expelled from Iran, and local journalists being targeted, citizen journalists are becoming vital in covering the situation on the ground. MENASSAT interviewed Magda Abu-Fadil, Director of the Journalism Training Program at the American University of Beirut (AUB), to discuss what this means for the future of journalism. Int'l Herald Tribune Cartoon 
From journalism to the Parliament, Lebanese merge media and politics
Posted on 23/06/2009 - 01:05
In a country driven by the intersection of media and politics, MENASSAT's Saseen Kawzally takes a closer look at three journalists who recently won seats in Lebanon's June 7 parliamentary elections. Is there such thing as a journalist-politician? okab sakr.jpg 
Iranians in the Arab world respond online
Posted on 22/06/2009 - 23:11
Iranian authorities have continued their clampdown on information as the demonstrations in Iran enter their second week. MENASSAT looks at how Iranians living in Arab countries are increasingly relying on alternative sources of news from social networking sites and blogs to keep tabs of unfolding events. Twitter-Infidel.jpg 

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