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Journalists demanding more action against online harassment

The Associated Press’ recent firing of a young reporter for what she said on Twitter has somewhat unexpectedly turned company and industry attention to the flip side of social media engagement — the online abuse that many journalists face routinely. During internal meetings after the


India asks Twitter to follow tough new social media laws

 India’s government on Saturday warned Twitter to immediately comply with the country’s new social media regulations, which critics say give the government more power to police online content.Twitter is involved in a tense battle with the Indian government, which has often asked i


Israel continues to harass Palestine journalists

Israeli occupation authorities continue harassing and suppressing Palestinian journalists, mainly in Jerusalem's neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families are being threatened with expulsion from their homes to be surrendered to Jewish settlers. The Prisoners and Freed Prisoners


Turkey plans logistics base in Libya to revitalise region

Turkey is in negotiation with Libyan government on the technical details of establishing a logistics base in Libya, Turkey's Daily Sabah reported a high-level trade official saying, The base is expected to benefit the war-torn country as well as the rest of the North African region by p


Dozens of Palestinian journalists say blocked by WhatsApp

Messaging app WhatsApp has blocked the accounts of dozens of Palestinian journalists following this month’s fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas, reporters said.Shortly after a cease-fire went into effect at 2:00 am on Friday (2300 GMT Thursday) ending 11 days of de


Turkey journalists protest Israel attacks on media

Turkish journalists yesterday launched a campaign calling for an end to the Israeli attacks against their colleagues in the occupied Palestinian territories. In an official statement, the Palestine Solidarity Initiative (PSI) reported that Israeli forces had killed "hundreds of civilians without


Ireland rejects Facebook bid to block regulatory data probe

Ireland's High Court on Friday rejected Facebook's bid to block an investigation that could potentially stop data transfers from the European Union to the United States.   "I refuse all of the reliefs sought by (Facebook Ireland) and dismiss the claims made by it in the proceedings," read a


Online speech shield under fire as Trump Facebook ban stays

Lurking beneath Facebook's decision on whether to continue Donald Trump's suspension from its platform is a far more complex and consequential question: Do the protections carved out for companies when the internet was in its infancy 25 years ago make sense when some of them have become global pow


Dubai Press Club Invites Submissions for Arab Journalism Award

The Dubai Press Club (DPC) announced that it started to receive submissions for the Arab Journalism Award (AJA) in its 20th edition. The DPC set June 6 as the deadline for submitting all works. They will be narrowed down to three nominees from each category. Winners will be announced at a ceremo


Iran blames Saudi Arabia, Israel for Zarif leaks

Iran's Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said Saturday that Saudi Arabia and Israel are believed to be behind the recent leak of an audio recording for Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Anadolu Agency reports. Jahangiri said in statements cited by local media that the recordin


14 candidates for Syria presidency in addition to Assad

Fourteen Syrian candidates have announced their nomination for the presidential elections slated for next month, in addition to current President Bashar Al-Assad, RT said on Friday. Until Thursday, the People's Assembly of Syria had received 12 application for the presidency, as we


BBC receives nearly 110,000 complaints about Prince Philip coverage

BBC coverage following the death of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip led to nearly 110,000 complaints about canceled programs and cleared schedules, the corporation said on Thursday.The Duke of Edinburgh’s death at the age of 99 last Friday prompted the publicly-funded broadc


Facebook Oversight Board allows appeals on content that remains online

Facebook and Instagram users can now appeal against other people's content that has been allowed to remain on the platforms after the independent Oversight Board expanded its mandate. The board, which began operating in October and reviews the social media giant’s content decisions, is allo


Facebook removes hundreds of fake accounts linked to Iran opposition

Facebook has removed hundreds of fake accounts linked to an exiled Iranian opposition group, the Associated Press reported. The social media platform said in a statement on Tuesday that it removed more than 300 accounts that were part of a network tied to Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Ir


Russian court fines Twitter on charges of failing to delete content

A Russian court fined Twitter a total of 8.9 million roubles ($116,800) on Friday over accusations that the service had failed to delete banned content.Moscow said last month it had slowed the speed of Twitter inside Russia, and on March 16 threatened to ban the US social media service outright ov


Facebook disables 1.3 billion fake accounts in Oct-Dec last year

Facebook Inc. said on Monday it took down 1.3 billion fake accounts between October and December last year.The company also removed more than 12 million pieces of content about COVID-19 and vaccines that global health experts flagged as misinformation, it said in a blog post.


Twitter to set up legal entity in Turkey to abide by the law

A pro-government media outlet in Turkey claimed on Friday that Twitter is set to appoint a representative as required by the country’s social media law to avoid approaching bandwidth restrictions.If Twitter fails to comply with the law, its internet bandwidth in Turkey will be reduced by an


65 media workers killed in 2020

A total of 65 journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in 2020 while doing their jobs, according to the International Federation of Journalists.That is 17 more than in 2019, and the death toll is around the same level as in the 1990s, the federation said Friday as it published details o




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