Mariwan Hama-Saeed

Mariwan Hama-Saeed served as CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa research consultant. He is a founder of Metro Center, a press freedom group in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Inside the defense of Roxana Saberi

May 13, 2009 11:58 AM ET

Roxana Saberi was released on Monday after more than four months imprisonment at Tehran's Evin Prison. She had been convicted of spying for the U.S. in a closed-door, one-hour trial on April 18 in a notoriously harsh Iranian Revolutionary Court and given an eight-year jail sentence. On Sunday, a court...

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Tunisia's Radio Kalima shuttered; staffers harassed

February 12, 2009 5:26 PM ET

Ever since Radio Kalima staffers launched their new station on January 26, Tunisian plainclothes police have done everything they can to suppress the newly launched satellite radio station: besieging the offices for several days, threatening a managing editor with a knife, and finally breaking into the building and confiscating the...

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Defending al-Zaidi, but not journalists at home

December 18, 2008 5:26 PM ET

The now infamous incident of Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi throwing his shoes at President George Bush became primetime news throughout the world. In the Middle East it has been shown on television almost endlessly....

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Freed in Iraq, an editor offers thanks

November 26, 2008 11:14 AM ET

Shwan Dawdi, editor-in-chief of the Kirkuk-based newspaper Hawal, sent a letter thanking CPJ for its help in overturning his conviction and one-month prison term. "I would like to express ... my thanks and gratitude for your noble and courageous position to defend the freedom of the press and journalists," Dawdi...

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Tunisia responds to critical CPJ report

November 18, 2008 1:39 PM ET

We received a large package from the Tunisian Embassy in Washington on Friday. The package contained an official response to our September special report, "The Smiling Oppressor" and a hefty collection of Tunisian newspapers and individual articles that the government says demonstrates a "liberal and pluralistic media landscape" under President...

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A freed Yemeni editor offers thanks

September 25, 2008 2:15 PM ET

Yemeni editor Abdel Karim al-Khaiwani walked out of a Sana'a prison today after being granted a presidential pardon. The outspoken journalist was serving a six-year prison term on what were widely seen as retaliatory antistate charges. Al-Khaiwani, whose case was the focus of a CPJ advocacy campaign, offered his gratitude....

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Bloggers support Morocco's Mohamed Erraji

September 11, 2008 5:05 PM ET

Bloggers across the Web are showing their solidarity with Mohamed Erraji, a Moroccan blogger who was sentenced to two years in prison last week for "failing to show respect for the king." A Moroccan court convicted Erraji, 29, a contributor to HesPress, a Moroccan daily news ‎Web site, on Monday...

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