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Mohamed Abdel Dayem

CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Mohamed Abdel Dayem has a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He has led CPJ missions to Egypt and Yemen.

Blog   |   Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, Sudan, UAE

Free expression in the Middle East & North Africa

On Thursday, I participated in a panel discussion about media in the Middle East at the United Nations to commemorate World Press Freedom Day. Other panellists included Alya Al-Thani, counsellor, Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations; Abderrahim Foukara, chief of the Washington Bureau of Al-Jazeera; Ebtihal Mubarak, journalist for Saudi Arabia's English-language daily Arab News; and Ghassan Shabaneh, assistant professor of Middle East and International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. I talked about the great obstacles to press freedom in the region...

May 8, 2009 5:43 PM ET

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Blog   |   CPJ, Egypt

Launching 'Attacks on the Press' in Cairo

CPJ's launch yesterday in Cairo of our 2008 edition of Attacks on the Press received widespread coverage in the Egyptian, regional, and international media. But not from the state media, which made little mention of Egypt's ongoing repression of the country's press, or of the astonishing number of lawsuits the government has pending against journalists, or of the moves it has made to restrict regional satellite broadcasting.

February 11, 2009 12:25 PM ET

Blog   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

After the cease-fire in Gaza

Although Israeli military operations have officially come to an end in Gaza, access for journalists has improved only marginally. Despite a December 31 ruling by Israel's Supreme Court (on the fifth day of military operations) to allow eight journalists to enter Gaza each time the Erez crossing was opened, the government failed to implement the ruling for 18 consecutive days--or in other words, until it declared a unilateral cease-fire. 

January 20, 2009 5:51 PM ET

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Blog   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Working between the bombs in Gaza

Today I spoke on the telephone with Ibrahim Barzak, an Associated Press correspondent in Gaza whose home was destroyed on December 30 in an Israeli strike. He now sleeps in his office and continues to file news stories. There is no downtime; with an Israeli ban on the entry of foreign journalists into the Gaza Strip, Ibrahim and other local colleagues are left with the gargantuan task of bringing the conflict to the world on their own.

January 8, 2009 5:35 PM ET

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