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A Bahraini anti-government protester carries a sign with the picture of a jailed photographer during a march in Karranah, Bahrain, on Friday. (AP/Hasan Jamali)

To bridge divide, Bahrain should expand media access

The Bahraini press, like almost everything else in the island country, is sharply divided. If the government would take steps to strengthen press freedom instead of restricting access, then much of this divide could be bridged.

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Egyptian TV host Bassem Youssef is under investigation for allegedly insulting Egypt's president, a criminal offense. (AP/Ahmed Omar)

Egypt steps up campaign against critical media

New York January 3, 2013–The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a series of investigations into independent Egyptian newspapers on accusations of insulting the president or reporting false news. Some newspapers and media professionals face formal charges in connection to their critical reporting, according to news reports.

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In protest of the proposed constitution, the front page of Al-Masry al-Youm has a black background and the headline, "No to dictatorship." (AP/Nasser Nasser)

Proposed Egyptian constitution would limit media freedom

New York, December 4, 2012–The proposed Egyptian constitution would impose several new restrictions on press freedom–including the creation of a new government regulator and new governmental authority to shut media outlets–while doing nothing to halt the criminal prosecution of journalists, which was a hallmark of the Hosni Mubarak regime, the Committee to Protect Journalists said…

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