Al Jazeera condemns Egypt death sentences

Media network and other organisations strongly condemn the death sentence for espionage against two of its employees. Al Jazeera has strongly condemned the death sentence for espionage against two of the network’s journalists by an Egyptian court, in what human rights groups have dismissed as a politicised case and a sham trial. The court on […]

Egypt journalists face jail for reporting non-government terrorism statistics

New law awaiting presidential approval outlaws the publication of ‘false news or data about any terrorist operations that contradicts official statements’ Egypt was accused of making a savage assault on free speech on Sunday, after its cabinet drafted a law that criminalises the reporting of terrorism statistics that differ from those the government provides. Under […]

FIFA to Investigate BBC Staff Arrest, Imprisonment for Qatar World Cup Reporting

FIFA will investigate the arrest and the detention of BBC staff who were apprehended in Qatar while reporting on the difficulties faced by migrant workers ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Dan Roan of BBC Sport confirmed the football governing body’s intentions on Monday: The BBC’s Mark Lobel went to Qatar to report on 2022 […]

Lebanese TV journalist in the dock for Hariri tribunal leaks

More than six years after the Special Tribunal for Lebanon was set up to find and prosecute the killers of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, a defendant will finally take the stand in The Hague on Thursday. But 32-year-old Lebanese television executive Karma Khayat is not accused of assassinating Lebanon’s former premier. Rather, Khayat […]

Egyptian Authorities Arrest Hussein Abdel Halim, Journalist Who Exposed Police Corruption

Last week, journalist Hussein Abdel Halim helped produce a series of blistering news reports that alleged corruption amongst the Egyptian security apparatus. This weekend, Abdel Halim was arrested, according to Egypt’s Ministry of the Interior. The announcement, made on the ministry’s Facebook page, said that the reporter was taken in on a routine sweep of […]

Amal Clooney risked arrest in Egypt by exposing flaws in country judicial system as she fights for Al Jazeera journalists

Before she even took on the job of defending Canadian citizen Mohammed Fahmy, Clooney bashed the country’s court system for allowing government officials to influence highly politicized cases. Officials threatened to arrest her if she released the report in Cairo, Clooney said in a startling revelation as the journalists Thursday earned a retrial. Amal Clooney’s […]

Early warning signs in UAE indicate troubling crisis over press freedoms

As the world is further immersed in social and digital media, the rulers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have become more aggressive in arresting and deporting people for expressing their opinions, as one of the victims of this crackdown, I have learnt how freedom of expression is recently categorised as a crime and threat […]

ISIS executes five journalists in Mosul

By Alexander Whitcomb ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Islamic State (ISIS) has executed five local journalists in Mosul, according to a Rudaw source in the city. Brothers Ahmed and Aitar Rafi, Mohandis Yasir, Yasir Alqaisi, and Modhas Adari were executed in the city’s southeastern Sumar district of Mosul on Thursday, the source told Rudaw. The local resident identified […]