Tag: freedom of the press

Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

The dark, sick heart of 2015 is the narrowing space across the entire Middle East for citizens to express themselves freely on issues that matter to them and their families. by RAMI KHOURI for CAIRO REVIEW on JANUARY 2, 2016:  I have always been dubious about looking back at the past year and coming up […]

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Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 2): Phil Bennett & Negar Mottahedeh on the Lessons of “Rosewater”

Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 2): Phil Bennett & Negar Mottahedeh on the Lessons of “Rosewater”

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

Scholars discuss the power and limits of bearing witness — as traditional or citizen journalists — and the government’s use of social media as a tool of control and repression. by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 10, 2015: *updated on April 13, with new information on the Rezaian case Last month Duke University […]

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A Miscarriage of Justice in Egypt

A Miscarriage of Justice in Egypt

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 24, 2014: * updated JUNE 27, 2014 Three Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted today, Monday, June 23, on charges of broadcasting false news and aiding a terrorist organization (referring to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood).  The journalists, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, have been imprisoned in […]

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Tarek Radwan: The Road to Hell in Egypt

[ 0 ] April 22, 2014 |

by TAREK RADWAN for MUFTAH on APRIL 22, 2014:   If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, Egypt most certainly has its share of well-intentioned individuals. Time and again, Egyptian authorities have asserted that President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster on July 3 “was not a coup.” They have told diplomats, journalists, and human rights […]

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‘Egypt’s Miscarriage of Justice’ & Other Headlines on Egypt This Week

‘Egypt’s Miscarriage of Justice’ & Other Headlines on Egypt This Week

[ 0 ] March 26, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MARCH 26, 2014:  Egypt’s Miscarraige of Justice (by New York Times Editorial Board, March 24, 2014) EXCERPT: “Egypt has been on an alarming downward spiral ever since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Even so, the court verdict on Monday that condemned 529 Islamists to death for the killing […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Corruption, Media and Power in Turkey (Freedom House Report)

Democracy in Crisis: Corruption, Media and Power in Turkey (Freedom House Report)

[ 0 ] February 14, 2014 |

by SUSAN CORKE, ANDREW FINKEL, DAVID J. KRAMER, CARLA ANNE ROBBINS, NATE SCHENKHAN for FREEDOM HOUSE, FEBRUARY 2014:  EXCERPT from EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In November 2013, a Freedom House delegation traveled to Turkey to meet with journalists, NGOs, business leaders, and senior government officials about the deteriorating state of media freedom in the country. The delegation’s objective was […]

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WATCH: Leakers or Whistleblowers? Hayden and Gellman Debate National Security and Press Freedoms

WATCH: Leakers or Whistleblowers? Hayden and Gellman Debate National Security and Press Freedoms

[ 0 ] November 12, 2013 |

by JACKIE OGBURN for SANFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY on NOVEMBER 12, 2013:  Two national security experts from opposite sides of the fence explored divergent views on whether U.S. surveillance tactics should be revealed to the American public during a debate at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Monday. “The government has secrets and […]

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David Schanzer: Manning Verdict Sends Message that Leakers of Classified Info Breaking Law; Prosecutors Were “Overreaching” on Aiding Enemy Charge

David Schanzer: Manning Verdict Sends Message that Leakers of Classified Info Breaking Law; Prosecutors Were “Overreaching” on Aiding Enemy Charge

[ 0 ] July 30, 2013 |

compiled by ISLAMiCommentary from DUKE ONC NEWS TIP and news reports, JULY 30, 2013:  U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was convicted Tuesday on multiple charges — including theft, espionage, and computer fraud — related to turning over classified U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks. He was acquitted of the “aiding the enemy” charge. Before the trial, Manning […]

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Delivering Democracy: Repercussions of the ‘Arab Spring’ on Human Rights (CIHRS Report)

Delivering Democracy: Repercussions of the ‘Arab Spring’ on Human Rights (CIHRS Report)

[ 0 ] July 9, 2013 |

by CAIRO INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS STUDIES (CIHRS), MAY 16, 2013:  (ISLAMiCommentary Editor’s Note: This annual report by CIHRS, which came out on May 16, 2013, recently came to my attention. Especially interesting to note is the report’s observations about human rights in Egypt. Written before the events of last week, the report notes the “repressive […]

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Lina El-Wardani — Declarations of War: Islamist vs. Private Media in Egypt

[ 0 ] May 2, 2013 |

by LINA EL-WARDANI for AHRAM ONLINE on MAY 2, 2013: First 200 days of Morsi presidency sees 24 legal complaints against journalists accused of ‘insulting president,’ leading many to believe Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is targeting local media. “I stopped watching television. Now I watch cartoons with my children, movies and religious sermons only,” said Qutb Sayed, […]

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