Dahlia El Zein

CPJ Middle East and North Africa Research Associate Dahlia El Zein, a Lebanese native who grew up in Cairo, received her master’s degree in Arab studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. She speaks Arabic fluently and has traveled widely in the Middle East.

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Receding hopes for press freedom in Tunisia

September 25, 2012 2:40 PM ET

These days, press freedom in Tunisia feels ever more distant. Many journalists believed that media freedoms, which were virtually nonexistent under former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, would grow after his ouster. During the aftermath of the December 2010 uprising, an independent press blossomed and special commissions were set...

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Egypt's state-run media threatened by Shura move

July 16, 2012 11:23 AM ET

The first test for the future of press freedom in Egypt since President Mohamed Morsi took office is not going well....

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Breaking pledge, Bahrain bars free expression mission

May 4, 2012 1:07 PM ET

Reneging on a promise made just weeks earlier, Bahraini authorities have denied visas to representatives of several free expression organizations who planned to travel to the kingdom next week to assess press and free speech conditions. CPJ is among several organizations that have signed a joint letter to Bahrain's director of...

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In Syria, killing the messenger hasn't killed the message

March 14, 2012 1:14 PM ET

A report on the first anniversary of the Syrian uprisingWeeks of sporadic protests seeking government reform burst into full-fledged unrest on March 15, 2011, when thousands of demonstrators gathered in four Syrian cities. Within days, authorities had cut off news media access to Daraa, a center of the unrest,...

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The 'new' Syrian media law is nothing new

September 7, 2011 12:46 PM ET

On August 28, President Bashar al-Assad approved a new media law that purportedly upholds freedom of expression and bans the arrest of journalists. Yet less than a week later, on Saturday, a Syrian journalist and contributor to the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat was arrested, CPJ reported. Just two days before...

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