freedom of expression

Three Years On, Resentment Simmers Again on Istanbul Streets

By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, June 21 – For residents of Cihangir, a trendy neighbourhood of cafes and bars in central Istanbul, it almost felt like a return to the summer of 2013, when protesters played cat-and-mouse with riot police amid clouds of tear gas night after night. Two demonstrations ended with police intervention over the

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Iraq Bans Al Jazeera Network Over Coverage

DOHA, April 28  – Iraqi authorities have revoked the operating license of the pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera and closed its offices in Baghdad, accusing it of violating government guidelines issued in 2014 to regulate media “during the war on terror.” Al Jazeera, based in Qatar, said it was dismayed by the action. “We remain

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Turkey’s Erdogan Needs Thicker Skin: EU’s Tusk

By Ercan Gurses and Alastair Macdonald GAZIANTEP, Turkey/BRUSSELS, April 25  – Turkey’s president needs a thicker skin against criticism, a senior EU official suggested as European leaders try to shore up support at home for their deal with Ankara to hold back migrants. Former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk, who chairs EU summits, was visiting

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Citizen Journalists in Syria ‘Risking Their Lives’ For News

LONDON, April 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A series of short films, “Syria‘s Rebellious Women,” by Zaina Erhaim tells the stories of women who stepped into positions of leadership and responsibility usually reserved for men. If such remarkable women went undocumented, the Syrian filmmaker says, “the male winners will be writing the history, and the

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Saudi Reporter Jailed For 5 Years For Insulting Rulers: Amnesty

DUBAI, March 27  – Saudi Arabia has sentenced a journalist to five years in jail for insulting the kingdom’s rulers and “inciting public opinion” on Twitter, Amnesty International said. Amnesty described the sentencing of Alaa Brinji on Thursday as “a clear violation of international law” and said it showed intolerance of the right to peaceful

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Prominent Turkish Journalists from Leading Opposition Newspaper Freed

ISTANBUL, Feb 26 – Two prominent Turkish journalists from a leading opposition newspaper have been freed in the early hours of Friday after Turkey’s top court ruled that their detentions had violated their rights. The arrest of Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul last November drew international condemnation and revived

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Italian Killing Highlights Assault on Academic Freedom in Egypt

By Lin Noueihed CAIRO, Feb 26 – When a colleague in Holland asked historian Pascale Ghazaleh this month whether to send a group of students to Egypt, her response was a resounding ‘No’. “I said I don’t think we should because besides all the misunderstandings that can traditionally potentially happen, the harassment which is par

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EU: Turkey Violated Freedom of Expression Rights by Blocking YouTube

STRASBOURG, France, Dec. 1 (Reuters) – Turkey violated freedom of expression rights by blocking video platform YouTube for two and a half years, the European Court of Human Rights said on Tuesday. Ankara had blocked access to YouTube between May 2008 and October 2010 on the ground that the website contained some 10 videos which

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India [Intolerance] Rising?

BY Zahir Janmohammed It was the best, and perhaps the last chance to thwart the spread of Hindu nationalism, which has tarnished Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s short tenure. Speaking a few days ahead of the elections in India’s critical state of Bihar, Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, a biographer of Modi, told Newsweek Middle East that if the

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