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Police officers are seen Beirut, Lebanon, on November 1, 2019. Lebanese journalist Mohammed Zbib was recently assaulted in Beirut. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Lebanese journalist Mohammed Zbib assaulted in Beirut

In the evening of February 12, 2020, three unidentified individuals assaulted Mohammed Zbib, a reporter for the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, in the Beirut neighborhood of Hamra, according to news reports and a report by the journalist’s employer.

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Security forces are seen in east Beirut, Lebanon, on May 9, 2019. Security forces recently raided the Beirut office of Al-Akhbar newspaper. (AP/Hassan Ammar)

Lebanese security forces raid Beirut office of Al-Akhbar newspaper

On May 8, 2019, Lebanese state security forces raided the office of the independent Beirut-based daily newspaper Al-Akhbar, according to news reports, the regional press freedom group Skeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, and a report by Al-Akhbar Deputy Editor Pierre Abi Saab.

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Sunset at the seaside in Beirut, Lebanon in May 2018. Beirut's Publication Court on July 5, 2018, convicted and fined five Lebanese journalists for offenses including criminal defamation and spreading false news, according to reports. (Reuters/ Jamal Saidi)

Lebanon charges journalists with defamation, false news

Beirut’s Publication Court, headed by Judge Raffoul Bustani, on July 5, 2018, convicted and fined five Lebanese journalists for offenses including criminal defamation and spreading false news, according to news reports and the regional press freedom group Skeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom. The court, which deals with media regulation, issued the fines in…

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A woman casts her vote in Mauritania's referendum in August 2017. Journalists reporting critically on the referendum and the government face harassment. (STR/AFP)

Mauritania cracks down on critical press after referendum

The Mauritanian Radio and Television Broadcast Authority today ordered Mauritania’s five privately owned news stations to shut down for “failing to fulfil their financial agreements” with the country’s broadcast regulator, local media reported.

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A Egyptian citizen walks through the debris at Rabaa Al-Adawiya square. (AFP/Mahmoud Khaled)

In Egypt, two more journalists killed, several injured

New York, August 15, 2013–At least two more journalists have been reported killed and several others injured in Wednesday’s clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

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Supporters raise a photo of President Morsi. (AP/Amr Nabil)

Egyptian government attempts to suppress the media

New York, August 16, 2012–President Mohamed Morsi’s government and allies are pushing back against critical news coverage, suppressing critical journalists and state-run newspapers, putting a journalist on trial, and attacking three journalists on the street, according to news reports.

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a press conference in Cairo on Saturday. (AP/Brendan Smialowski)

Egypt’s state-run media threatened by Shura move

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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Journalists attacked while covering clashes in Lebanon

Cairo, June 19, 2012–The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by what it sees as a trend in the attack of Lebanese journalists covering clashes between supporters and opponents of the Syrian regime. In the past month, at least nine journalists have been attacked in four separate incidents.

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Protesters carry a man wounded during clashes with Egyptian riot police in Tahrir Square Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. (AP)

At least 17 journalists assaulted during Egypt clashes

New York, November 21, 2011 – Clashes between security forces and protesters in Cairo and other Egyptian cities have led to at least 17 assaults on the press over the past couple of days, including a shooting, detentions, and a beating by unidentified security personnel while in custody. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the…

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An Egyptian general walks through protests in Tahrir Square. (AP)

Egyptian media say foreign journalists have ‘hidden agenda’

New York, February 5, 2011–As journalists face ongoing attacks and detentions in Cairo, they are increasingly concerned that state broadcasts are creating an atmosphere that is encouraging violence against the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State television and radio, along with pro-Mubarak private stations, are giving frequent airtime to presenters and guests…

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