Free my Father, the World’s Longest Imprisoned Journalist

By Aigul Bekzhanova My name is Aigul, and I am writing to you about my father, imprisoned journalist Muhammad Bekzhanov. My father is the world’s longest imprisoned journalist, together with his codefendant Yusuf Ruzimuradov from the same paper, jailed at the same time in 1999. My father’s crime? He dared to speak the truth about […]

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 […]