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Access denied: Female Arab journalists face unique challenges on the ground

“Most of the time, Western editors looking for a photographer to work with in Egypt search for a white, male American or French photographer,” said award-winning Egyptian photojournalist Eman Helal. “Me and my colleagues in Egypt note that the Western media tends to work with same


Should the shisha ban stay after COVID-19 lockdown ends?

As the coronavirus pandemic gripped the world, many countries in the Middle East — including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait — imposed bans on shisha use. Although plastic tips and disposable pipes are offered for customers who smoke shisha – a staple of society across the Middle


Five reasons the UAE annexation warning matters

Israelis woke up to a potential new era on Friday with an article by the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the US warning that Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank would “upend Israeli aspirations for improved security, economic and cultural ties with the Arab world and


Twitter axes pro-government propaganda accounts in Turkey

 Twitter has removed more than 7,000 “fake and compromised” accounts associated with Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP). The operation was carried out on Thursday night and the axed accounts were linked to the AKP’s youth branch. “Based o


Twitter removes China-linked accounts spreading false news

Twitter has removed a vast network of accounts that it says is linked to the Chinese government and were pushing false information favorable to the country’s communist rulers. Beijing denied involvement Friday and said the company should instead take down accounts smearing China.The US social


News Corp. to cut jobs in UK newspaper, radio business — memo

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. will need to cut jobs in its British newspaper and radio operations as part of a business review aimed at reducing costs, News UK Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks said in a letter to staff on Wednesday.“In the coming months, we will need to streamline the busine


Argentina ex-president Macri accused of spying on 400 journalists

Argentina’s Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) has called for an investigation into former president Mauricio Macri for allegedly spying on more than 400 journalists, a source told AFP on Sunday.Dozens of foreign journalists, including several representing AFP, appeared on a list of people to b


'Blackface' Arab stars spark backlash over tasteless solidarity with US protests

Several Arab actors and singers have come under fire after sharing darkened images of themselves in the wake of the protests sweeping the US over the police killing of George Floyd, with social media users slamming their use of "blackface". Lebanese singer and songwriter Tania Saleh posted a photo


Trump signs order targeting social media giants' legal protections

President Donald Trump escalated his war on social media companies, signing an executive order Thursday challenging the liability protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet.Still, the move appears to be more about politics than substance, as the president aims to


News Corp. Australia’s push for digitization to lead to job losses

News Corp. Australia said it would restructure its organization to focus on digital publishing, a move that will also lead to job losses.Scores of regional and community titles will be published only digitally from June 29 under the reorganization, the Australian arm of the mass media and publishing


Erdogan vs. Putin in battle over fake news

Relations between Turkey and Russia have reached a new low with Ankara’s launch of a Russian-language TV channel and social media account to fight “fake news” from Moscow. The official aim of the new digital platform is “battling disinformation and manipulation.” Turk


Qatari, Turkish media outlets accused of disrespecting Omani sultan

Omanis are voicing frustration with Qatari and Turkish news outlets after they misstated the name of the country’s leader, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said.  Turkey’s Anadolu news agency and Qatar’s Al Jazeera both misstated the sultan’s name as “Tariq bin Haitham


CEO buys one of New Zealand’s largest media companies for $1

One of New Zealand's largest media organizations will be sold for a single dollar to its chief executive, the owners announced Monday. The organization Stuff prints many of the nation’s daily newspapers and runs a popular news website of the same name. It employs about 900 staff, including 40


Tehran accused of cyber targeting UK-based news outlet

Iran has been accused of using a “sophisticated state-sponsored program” of cyber disinformation to identify and arrest supporters of a London-based Persian-language news outlet.Iran International has been targeted by cybercriminals, thought to be working for the Islamic Revolutionary Gu


Iran is retreating from the Iraqi political scene

  Almost a month ago, a brief note reached all Iraqi forces linked to Iran. The Islamic Republic, it said, was leaving Iraqi politics to the Iraqis. "The Iranians will not interfere in any details related to the political process," the memo read, continuing to say that choosing a new prime mi


Myanmar editor jailed for 2 years over coronavirus error

A Myanmar news editor has been jailed for two years after his agency reported a coronavirus death that turned out to be false, his lawyer said Friday.The country has only 199 confirmed cases of coronavirus and seen six deaths, although the low numbers tested mean experts fear the true figures are fa


North Korean regime finally admits Kim Jong-un cannot magically bend time and space

The official newspaper of North Korea has denied that the regime's leaders can magically bend time and space, putting to bed a long tradition used to idolise the mystical powers of Kim Jong-un and former leader Kim Jong-il. In the latest sign that the secretive regime is turning away from myth-maki


Media outlets demand action after protesters storm Baghdad studios

Journalists in the Middle East have condemned an attack by supporters of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), who broke into the offices of the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) in Baghdad on Tuesday, causing “severe damage” to the bureau’s studios and other faciliti



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