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Attacks on the Press 2000: Middle East and North Africa Analysis

ALTHOUGH RIGHTS TO FREE EXPRESSION AND PRESS FREEDOM are enshrined in national constitutions from Algeria to Yemen, governments found many practical ways to restrict these freedoms. State ownership of the media, censorship, legal harassment, intimidation, and imprisonment of journalists were again among the favored tools of repression and control. In Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria,…

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Bloodied and Beleaguered

Palestinian journalists have been dodging Israeli bullets and Arafat’s censors for years. Lately, the stakes have grown higher.

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Iran Briefing: May 2000

New York, May 5, 2000 —When Iran’s top cleric, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, launched a scathing tirade against the country’s pro-reform newspapers on April 20, journalists braced for the inevitable showdown. On previous occasions when the supreme leader had excoriated the press, the conservative-dominated judiciary responded with remarkable swiftness, shutting down newspapers and hauling journalists to…

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Shin Bet Agent Impersonates Israeli Journalist

In what may be part of a systematic effort by Israeli internal security forces to use journalism as a cover for intelligence-gathering, agents from Israel’s General Security Services, also known as the Shin Bet, impersonated a veteran Israeli television news correspondent. The impersonated journalist, Yoram Cohen, who works for Channel 1TV covering the West Bank…

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Turkey’s Journalists View Amnesty Plans With Caution

When the Turkish government in March announced a plan to coordinate the release from prison of some of the many journalists who have been convicted under the country’s infamous anti-terror law, Turkish journalists greeted the announcement with skepticism. Given Turkey’s dismal press freedom record under the government of Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, and that of…

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Kuwait Releases Journalists From Prison

Six Jordanian journalists were among 405 prisoners released from Kuwaiti prisons on Feb. 25 as part of a pardon by Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah marking the sixth anniversary of the country’s liberation from Iraqi occupation.

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