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Gawker Privacy Lawsuit Evolves Into Battle of Tech Billionaires

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO, May 27 – Billionaire media owner Pierre Omidyar is backing news and entertainment web site Gawker Media in its lawsuit against wrestler Hulk Hogan, adding a new twist to a case pitting technology money against press freedom. Omidyar, owner of The Intercept publisher First Look Media, is asking other media

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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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Turkey: Gagged

Turkey has taken aim at its own press. But they are not taking it lying down By Aysegul Sert Right now Turkey’s global importance as a democratic power is on shaky ground. Any media that are deemed critical of the government are censored. Journalists who object the escalating erosion of civil and human rights and

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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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Israel Shuts Down Third Palestinian Radio Station This Month

By Maher Abukhater Ramallah, Nov 29 – Dozens of Israeli soldiers raided a radio station in the middle of the Palestinian-controlled city of Hebron, in the south of the West Bank early Sunday and ordered it shut down for six months, according to radio officials. The closure order for Radio Dream is the third against

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Egypt Releases Journalist Hossam Bahgat

CAIRO, Nov 10: Prominent Egyptian journalist and human rights advocate Hossam Bahgat was released on Tuesday, his lawyer said, two days after being detained over a report he wrote on a trial of former army officers. Bahgat’s legal status however remained unclear and it was not known if he would face a military trial, his

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Till Politics Do Us Part

Imran and Reham Khan’s divorce causes media meltdown By Fareed Qureshi In 2002, things were looking up for Pakistan’s media. Privately-owned television channels were booming; news outlets insisted they took the craft seriously and were setting out to eclipse the dry format of state-owned Pakistan Television. It was a veritable gold-rush; you couldn’t move for

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Pressing Matters: Media Coverage and the Arab Gulf States

Is the Western media biased in its reporting of Gulf affairs? By Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi   Over the past few years Western media’s negative coverage of the Arab Gulf states has increased so much that it is starting to look more like a rite of passage for some journalists and news organisations. Meanwhile, what’s notable

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