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Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders have called on authorities to redouble efforts to secure the release of British photojournalist John Cantlie after five years' IS captivity

Egypt's head of the media council claims that there are no journalists imprisoned because of their profession. Its track record says otherwise.

India hits Kashmir's independent media where it hurts

Nayeem Rather

India hits Kashmir's independent media where it hurts

In-depth: Kashmir's media industry struggles when the Indian government cuts off its advertising - which happens after every critical story, writes Nayeem Rather.

UAE arrests two Swiss journalists over Louvre coverage

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UAE arrests two Swiss journalists over Louvre coverage

Journalists covering the opening of Abu Dhabi Louvre museum for a Swiss broadcaster were arrested and held for two days, their employer said ...

US urges respect for Lebanon's sovereignty

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US urges respect for Lebanon's sovereignty

The United States urged all states and parties to respect Lebanon's sovereignty on Saturday, following a power vacuum created by the prime ...

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Media freedom 'stamped out' as Bahrain jails more journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has sounded the alarm on the restriction of free speech in Bahrain after the arbitrary conviction of a blogger and a journalist on "terrorism charges".

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Iraqi government orders ban of official Kurdish news outlet

A decree has been issued by the Iraqi government to shut down Kurdish media network Rudaw, which is closely aligned to the Erbil-based KRG ...

Yvo Fitzherbert

Can Erdogan's friendship with Trump resolve the diplomatic crisis?

Comment: So far, Erdogan has managed to blame US Ambassador Bass for the crisis in diplomatic relations, but how much more can Trump and ...

Joe Odell

UK prioritises trade over human rights in UAE

Comment: The UK government needs to apply more pressure on the UAE if it is to ever change its atrocious record on human rights, writes Joe ...

Shooting the messenger- India's war against Kashmiri journalists

Umar Lateef Misgar

Shooting the messenger- India's war against Kashmiri journalists

Journalists in Kashmir are being unfairly targeted for doing their jobs, as the Indian state fears the bad publicity their work can bring.

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Turkey sentences Wall Street Journal reporter on 'terror' charge

A row between Ankara-Washington has escalated further after Turkey sentenced a reporter from a major US publication on a terror-related charge.

EU pays Sudan blood-money to stop migrant routes

Matt Broomfield

EU pays Sudan blood-money to stop migrant routes

EU governments are silencing their internal concerns over massive human rights violations in Sudan while paying out money to prevent the flow of ...

Media watchdog condemns attacks on Kurdish media

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Media watchdog condemns attacks on Kurdish media

Journalists in Iraq's Kurdish region have been threatened and forced into hiding while news outlets have been taken off the air amid referendum ...

Libya - a country controlled by organised crime gangs

Francesca Mannocchi

Libya - a country controlled by organised crime gangs

In-depth: Thousands of people have been abducted and killed in Libya, where the security services have all but disappeared and gangster militias ...

Social media feeds Middle East's appetite for news

Everette E. Dennis and Robb Wood

Social media feeds Middle East's appetite for news

Analysis: Online apps are trusted by young Arabs, note Everette E Dennis and Robb Wood.

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Israel detains Palestinian for 'social media incitement'

The unnamed Palestinian man in Jerusalem has been detained by Israeli forces for 'inciting violence and terrorism' on social media.

Robert Cusack

It is still possible to protest in Saudi Arabia

A group of exiled opposition figures are organising small-scale, anonymous protests in Saudi Arabia, with videos emerging of citizens mocking ...

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Saudi Arabia overturns Skype ban amid social media clampdown

Potential economic gains soften Saudi authorities' stance on voice calling apps, while a broader clampdown on free social media use continues.

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Saudi Arabia to censor Skype,WhatsApp calls after lifting ban

The Saudi government will monitor and censor calls made through online apps such as Skype and WhatsApp after lifting a ban on the services, a ...

Hamas bows to pressure and pardons cancer stricken journalist

Diana Alghoul

Hamas bows to pressure and pardons cancer stricken journalist

Abu Samra's was in Jordan for medical treatment for cancer, when she was charged in absentia by Hamas. Today, the Gaza-based movement bowed to ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudis urged to report 'subversive social media activity'

Saudis have been urged to report social media users who share messages deemed to "endanger national unity" or "harm the state's reputation" as ...

Issa Amro and Palestine's struggle for <em>freedom</em> of speech

Ylenia Gostoli

Issa Amro and Palestine's struggle for freedom of speech

In-depth: The human rights activist was arrested under new laws that prevent criticism of the Palestinian Authority, the latest attempt to ...

Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi 'banned from writing in Al-Hayat'

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Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi 'banned from writing in Al-Hayat'

Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi has been banned from writing in Al-Hayat newspaper, owned by prominent prince Khalid bin Sultan, after ...

Israel bars Al Jazeera from seminar on free speech Israel bars Al Jazeera from seminar on free speech

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Israel bars Al Jazeera from seminar on free speech

Israel's Government Press Office has reportedly banned Al Jazeera's Jerusalem bureau chief from attending a seminar on freedom ...

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