Pensacola attack was Yemeni American, Mohammed Haitham

‬One of the victims of the Pensacola attack was Yemeni American, Mohammed Haitham, 19 years of age, training to be in U.S Navy after graduating from high school. May he Rest In Peace.

Lebanon protests are dividing the country’s struggling media

Adèle Surprenant The ongoing protests in Lebanon have divided the country’s media along new lines and placed further stress on an already struggling industry – but also offered opportunities for new platforms to emerge. “One camp supports the revolution, and the other stil

Arab female journalists face up to industry challenges at Riyadh seminar

RIYADH - Ways of overcoming some of the challenges and prejudices faced by female Arab journalists topped the agenda at a Saudi conference on Wednesday. Women writers from throughout the Middle East and North Africa region gathered at the headquarters of the Saudi Press Agency in Riyadh for the thi

Iraq to close nine TV stations for ‘inciting violence’

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi Communications and Media Commission (CMC) has decided to warn five TV channels, and close nine, for “violating articles of media licensing regulations,” and “publishing content inciting violence” during coverage of demonstrations, observers told Arab News

Palestinian journalist may lose eye after shot by Israel

Relatives of a Palestinian freelance photographer said Sunday that he has lost vision in one eye after apparently being struck by Israeli fire while covering a demonstration last week in the occupied West Bank. Muath Amarneh’s case has drawn significant attention among Palestinians and in sev

Photojournalism key to promoting tolerance in digital age, world summit told

Every picture tells a story and with the rise of digital media the camera may be a journalist’s only tool to accurately convey information while playing a role in promoting tolerance among the masses. Sharing this view was a panel of journalists and media professionals speaking at the World T

Taboo Talk offers Egyptians an offline space to engage in hard conversations

CAIRO - In an ultraconservative society full of contradictions, such as Egypt’s, taboos are discussed with extra caution. Topics such as gender equality and sexuality can barely be tackled even behind closed doors until an Egyptian-Australian social worker attempted to break the barriers with

Stockholm pact not condition to push Yemen political process: Griffiths

The Stockholm Agreement reached by Yemeni warring parties last December is not a condition for the political process to proceed, the UN envoy for Yemen said Thursday, though the Yemeni official government insists on the pact. We should remember that the Stockholm Agreement was a humanitarian deal t

Barack Obama challenges 'woke' culture

Former US President Barack Obama has challenged "woke" culture telling young people: "The world is messy." He made the comments at the Obama Foundation's annual summit in Chicago on Tuesday. Mr Obama said that calling people out on social media did not bring about change, and that change was compl

Lebanon's Tripoli breaks stereotypes with protest raves

TRIPOLI - The northern seaside city of Tripoli, once perceived as a hotbed for insurgents, has emerged as the scene of Lebanon's most festive protests, with euphoric crowds dancing deep into the night. For days, hundreds of demonstrators denouncing dire living conditions, corruption and tax hikes,

Social media app TikTok removes Daesh propaganda videos

BEIJING- Social media app TikTok has taken down accounts that were posting propaganda videos for the Daesh group, a company employee said Tuesday, in the latest scandal to hit the popular platform.TikTok, which is owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, claimed some 500 million users globally last year, ma

Hosni Mubarak reminisces about 1973 war in video message

RIYADH- The first video posted by “Mubarak’s Archive,” a YouTube channel launched in the name of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, was viewed almost than 150,000 times within four hours of being uploaded on Tuesday night. The channel attracted 11,000 subscribers in that ti

Second French academic detained in Iran since June

PARIS - A prominent French academic has been in detention in Iran since June, when he was arrested with his Franco-Iranian colleague, a researchers’ group and the French foreign ministry said Wednesday.Roland Marchal, a sociologist whose research focuses on civil wars in Africa, and Fariba Ade

Al-Monitor: Divergent visions in Yemeni South threaten to provoke conflicts

Washington - An American website said that the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC), which has emerged as the dominant force in southern Yemen, faces opposition not only from the internationally recognized government, but from within the southern movement itself. Al-Monitor said in a repo

Shepard Smith leaves Fox News Channel

NEW YORK- Shepard Smith, whose newscast on Fox News Channel seemed increasingly an outlier on a network dominated by supporters of President Donald Trump, abruptly quit after signing off his final newscast on Friday.Smith, who had signed a contract extension last spring, said that he had asked the

Facebook extends fact-checking programme to 10 new African states

PARIS - Facebook on Tuesday announced the expansion of its third-party fact-checking programme to 10 new African countries in partnership with Agence France-Presse and other media.The programme will be available in Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia and Burkina Faso in partnership with AFP; in Uganda and Tan

Fake news sparks panic among Indonesia quake victims

JAKARTA - Thousands of Indonesians are still in shelters nearly two weeks after a deadly earthquake sparked a stream of fake news and hoaxes warning that an even bigger disaster was looming, the government said Monday. The local government has declared a state of emergency until Wednesday, with nea

Brother of Pakistani Social Media Star Gets Life Sentence for "Honour Killing" Her

Salam Bustanji The murder of the Pakistani social media star, Qandeel Baloch, sparked an international debate over the practice of what is controversially known as honor killing in Asian countries. Three years after the incident, her brother has received a life sentence for killing her. The selfie