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ISIL approaches on Baghdad

ISIL approaches on Baghdad

🕔08:36, 17.Jun 2014

Iraqi government forces are engaged in heavy clashes with Sunni Islamist militants who have made major advances in the past week. Reports say parts of the city of Baquba – just 60km (37 miles) from Baghdad – have been taken

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Egypt: Take Concrete Action to Stop Sexual Harassment, Assault

Egypt: Take Concrete Action to Stop Sexual Harassment, Assault

🕔16:08, 16.Jun 2014

(Beirut) – Egyptian authorities should act quickly to combat all forms of violence and harassment against women, Human Rights Watch said today. After a spate of sexual assaults during post-election celebrations, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi told the prime minister Ibrahim

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Syrian journalist focuses on the human side of conflict

Syrian journalist focuses on the human side of conflict

🕔05:36, 30.May 2014

As the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned into a nationwide civil war in 2011, a group of university students gathered in a friend’s basement in Aleppo to write articles and design the cover of their new magazine, Rebel.

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Prominent editor-in-chief shot dead in Libya

Prominent editor-in-chief shot dead in Libya

🕔16:16, 28.May 2014

Libya’s General Prosecutor should immediately order an impartial and comprehensive investigation into the killing of a prominent editor-in-chief and hold those responsible to account. Miftah Bouzeid, editor in chief of Burniq newspaper, was shot dead in Benghazi on May 26,

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Overview: Impact of 11 months of Sisi-backed rule on the media in Egypt

Overview: Impact of 11 months of Sisi-backed rule on the media in Egypt

🕔15:56, 28.May 2014

With an eye to Egypt’s 26-27 May presidential election and Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s probable victory, Reporters Without Borders has compiled the following overview of the impact of the past 11 months of Sisi-backed rule on the media, journalists

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Security forces raid Egyptian rights group’s offices arresting 15 activists

Security forces raid Egyptian rights group’s offices arresting 15 activists

🕔07:12, 24.May 2014

On 22 May 2014, Egyptian security forces, alongside security personnel dressed in civilian attire, raided the Alexandria branch of the Egyptian Center for Economic & Social Rights (ECESR) arresting 15 activists, including two minors and two ECESR staff and confiscating

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UN Security Council: Vetoes Betray Syrian Victims

UN Security Council: Vetoes Betray Syrian Victims

🕔07:51, 23.May 2014

(New York) – The Russian and Chinese vetoes on May 22, 2014, of a UN Security Council resolutionto refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) betray victims of serious crimes there. The resolution has broad international support and was

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News providers again at heart of Libyan security chaos

News providers again at heart of Libyan security chaos

🕔07:42, 23.May 2014

With Libya in the throes of a major political and security crisis that began on 16 May, Reporters Without Borders voices deep concern about the fate of the country’s journalists, who are yet again the targets of violence. The radio

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Undermining progress: Digital surveillance and the Tunisian constitution

Undermining progress: Digital surveillance and the Tunisian constitution

🕔03:59, 22.May 2014

“A model to other peoples seeking reform” said UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on the successful passing in 2014 of the new Tunisian Constitution. Championing a secular political and legal system following the popular uprisings of 2011, this constitution sought to maintain robust

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Amendments to Jordan’s Anti-Terrorism Law threaten freedom of expression

Amendments to Jordan’s Anti-Terrorism Law threaten freedom of expression

🕔03:56, 22.May 2014

King Abdullah II should reject amendments to Jordan’s Anti-Terrorism Law that broaden the definition of terrorism and threaten freedom of expression. The amendments quickly passed Jordan’s lower house of parliament on April 22, 2014, and the upper house on April

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Iraq’s parliamentary elections marked by obstruction, threats, violence against journalists

Iraq’s parliamentary elections marked by obstruction, threats, violence against journalists

🕔09:40, 8.May 2014

Journalists were the victims of obstruction, threats and violence during Iraq’s 30 April parliamentary elections, the first since the withdrawal of US troops in late 2011. Violence by jihadi groups and inter-communal tension of a political and sectarian nature marked

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International experts call for universal protection of freedom of expression

🕔09:34, 8.May 2014

Today, 6 May 2014, international experts mandated by the UN, African Union, Organization of American States and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe will jointly call for states to ensure that all people in society can realise their

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Syria: New Barrel Bombs Hit Aleppo

🕔07:12, 30.Apr 2014

(New York) – The Syrian government is indiscriminately striking civilians and civilian objects in Aleppo with unguided, high-explosive barrel bombs. The attacks continue despite a United Nations Security Council Resolution unanimously passed on February 22, 2014, demanding that all parties

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Egypt: Revise Terrorism Laws to Safeguard Rights

🕔07:22, 27.Apr 2014

(Beirut) – Egypt should revise draft counterterrorism legislation to protect the right to life and other rights and freedoms guaranteed by its constitution and by international law.Interim President Adly Mansour, on April 14, 2014, sent draft amendments to Egypt’s laws on terrorism

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Egyptian journalist’s death still impacting press freedoms, solidarity

🕔16:10, 25.Apr 2014

While Egypt’s hugely controversial Al-Jazeera trial has been grabbing international attention, the recent death of 22-year-old reporter Mayada Ashraf – allegedly at the hands of the police – appears to have left more of a lasting impact on Egyptian journalists

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LGBTQ communities in the Arab world face unique digital threats

LGBTQ communities in the Arab world face unique digital threats

🕔10:59, 24.Apr 2014

Across the Arab world, LGBTQ communities still struggle to gain social recognition, and individuals still face legal penalties for consensual activities. In Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iraq, homosexuality is punishable by death. In 2001, 52 men were arrested for being gay in Cairo. And

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Egypt's censors of creativity

🕔10:54, 24.Apr 2014

The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) and Freemuse published on 23 April 2014 an extensive study entitled “Censors of Creativity” on censorship of artistic expression in Egypt. The study reveals the Egyptian government’s need to reform the

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Four French journalists released after 10 months in captivity in Syria

Four French journalists released after 10 months in captivity in Syria

🕔01:44, 23.Apr 2014

Reporters Without Borders has learned with “immense relief and great joy” that four French journalists who had been held in northern Syria by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) since June 2013 – Didier François, Edouard Elias, Nicolas Hénin and

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Iraq attacks kill 23 as election looms

🕔09:43, 22.Apr 2014

KUT: Suicide bombers attacked two checkpoints south of Baghdad on Monday, among a spate of attacks in central Iraq that killed 23 people as a general election looms next week.  Iraq is going through a protracted surge in bloodshed that

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Academia in Egypt: Security forces and self-censorship

🕔09:07, 22.Apr 2014

Since the military-backed overthrow of Mohamed Morsi’s government last summer, censorship of journalism in post-revolutionary Egypt has become an urgent concern of human rights and freedom of expression organisations. A quieter and more gradual undercurrent to the question of censorship,

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Three Lebanese al-Manar journalists murdered in Syria

🕔16:37, 16.Apr 2014

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on Syrian authorities to ensure the murderers of three Lebanese journalists in the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, yesterday, Monday 14 April, are made to answer for the appalling crime. According

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UN Security Council: Support Justice for Syria

🕔13:53, 15.Apr 2014

(New York) –France’s steps at the UN Security Council toward an ICC referral for Syria give momentum to international efforts to ensure justice there, Human Rights Watch said today. Security Council members and other countries alike should express support for

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Egypt detains more journalists as elections approach

🕔13:35, 14.Apr 2014

Two journalists were arrested in Egypt on Wednesday [9 April 2014] and new charges filed against three others, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Egyptian government’s renewed crackdown on the press as presidential elections approach

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Belarusian publisher wins Freedom to Publish Prize

🕔03:21, 9.Apr 2014

The 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize has been awarded to Ihar Lohvinau, a publisher from Belarus. Ihar Lohvinau has received the 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize prize, in recognition of his achievements in defending freedom of expression in

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Risk and reporting: The dangers of freelance journalism in Syria

🕔03:11, 9.Apr 2014

The death of Canadian freelance photographer Ali Mustafa while documenting the Syrian civil war illustrates the persistent problem of the safety of journalists in the country and, increasingly, the particular threats faced by freelance journalists reporting in one of the most dangerouslocations on

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Seven Egypt State TV employees summoned for investigation

🕔03:01, 9.Apr 2014

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemns the summoning of seven of Egypt’s State TV employees for investigations due to their solidarity with the “Revolutionaries All The Way” TV program which was suspended on 5 March 2014. Three

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Global call to make 3rd anniversary of Syria crisis the last marked by bloodshed

🕔09:00, 8.Apr 2014

Across the world from Moscow to Washington thousands of people will mark the 3rd anniversary of the crisis in Syria on Thursday with candlelit vigils, the lighting up of iconic locations and the release of Banksy inspired red balloons carrying messages of

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Iraq attacks kill 10 with elections due in weeks

Iraq attacks kill 10 with elections due in weeks

🕔14:08, 6.Apr 2014

BAGHDAD: Attacks killed 10 people in Iraq on Sunday while six militants also died as the country grapples with its worst bloodshed in years just weeks before parliamentary elections. Among those killed were six who died in a mass assassination

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#FreeAJstaff: Al Jazeera English journalists in Egypt appeal directly to the judge for freedom

🕔17:25, 3.Apr 2014

Three Al Jazeera English journalists appeared in a Cairo court today [31 March 2014] as part of their ongoing trial under charges of spreading false news, belonging to a terrorist group and operating without a permit. The journalists, Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste,

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Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions

Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions

🕔11:51, 1.Apr 2014

Iran and Iraq caused a sharp global spike in the number of executions carried out in 2013, bucking the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty, Amnesty International found in itsannual review of the death penalty worldwide. Alarming levels

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