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Amid Gulf tensions, press is used as a political pawn

June 8, 2017 5:38 PM ET

Today Bahrain became the latest Gulf nation to put pressure on news outlets amid political tension, when its Interior Ministry announced that anyone publishing support or sympathy for Qatar faces up to five years in prison. The announcement came the day after the United Arab Emirates used the threat...

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Mission Journal: Gag orders make Jordan's journalists skeptical of reform

August 31, 2016 12:52 PM ET

Sitting uncomfortably in her chair because of a soccer injury, the Jordanian radio host Diala Dabbas said, "I know we are banned from talking about the king, his family, and the divine, but now I am also afraid to talk about anyone else who could be considered a 'religious...

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Mission Journal: Rise in journalist arrests tarnishes Jordan's image as reformist

March 22, 2016 10:45 AM ET

The phone call came just as our conversation about the escalating crackdown on Jordanian media hit its stride. Lina Ejeilat, the co-founder of the news website 7iber (pronounced hebber), apologized and said she had to take the call. It was 7iber's lawyer and it was important. For years the...

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Jordan's free press record dims with website restrictions

May 22, 2014 1:00 PM ET

Jordan's press freedom climate, once a shining light in the Middle East, has quickly deteriorated as journalists grapple with last year's government ban on nearly 300 news websites. Press freedom groups are documenting a rise in self-censorship and an increase in criminal cases against journalists. Local online news editors...

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Arab journalists need training for civil unrest and wars

December 30, 2013 12:00 AM ET

In recent years, Arab journalists have been taking great risks to report important stories in a region where war and civil unrest remain an ever-present threat. Many are operating without proper equipment or safety training in how to recognize and mitigate the various risks they face. try{for(var lastpass_iter=0; lastpass_iter...

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After outcry, Jordan rolls back repressive measures

September 3, 2010 11:06 AM ET

Jordanian journalists succeeded this week in turning back some of the most repressive aspects of a new law on cyber crimes. The initial version of the law, approved by the cabinet of ministers on August 3, included broad restrictions on material deemed by the state to be defamatory or...

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Journalists on raided flotilla leaving Israel, speaking out

June 2, 2010 6:23 PM ET

Firsthand accounts from reporters who were on the flotilla of humanitarian activists raided by Israeli forces on Monday are finally coming out as the journalists are released from custody. These early reports indicate that soldiers harassed international journalists—at least six had their equipment either confiscated or destroyed, according to CPJ interviews and...

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Jordan may extend repressive law to electronic media

February 2, 2010 10:13 AM ET

Jordan’s Court of Cassation, the country’s highest judicial authority, issued an opinion last week stating that Web sites can be classified as “publications” and recommending that the Press and Publications Law be extended to online news sites and other electronic media. This decision, while not yet the law of 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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