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Kimmel apologizes for Melania Trump joke amid Hannity feud

Monday, 9 April 2018

Late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel has apologized for a joke about first lady Melania Trump’s accent and moved to deescalate a feud with Fox News host Sean Hannity.Kimmel says in a Twitter post made Sunday his exchanges with Hannity have been fun but he doesn’t want to add to the “vitriol” of their spat. He says such animosity is “harmful to our country.”On ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on April 2, Kimmel prodded the first lady’s reading of a ...

Palestinian journalist killed after being shot by Israeli forces

Saturday, 7 April 2018

A Palestinian journalist shot by Israeli forces during clashes along the Gaza border has died, the health ministry in the strip said Saturday. Yasser Murtaja, a photographer with the Gaza-based Ain Media agency, was hit during clashes Friday, the ministry said. Israeli troops killed nine men on Friday in the second mass protest in as many weeks along Gaza’s volatile border, as Palestinians torched piles of tires to create a smoke screen to block the view of snipers. Friday’s deaths ...

Facebook shares rise as Zuckerberg soothes investors

Friday, 6 April 2018

Shares of Facebook Inc headed toward their biggest daily rise in a month at opening on Thursday, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the social network had not seen any meaningful impact on usage or ad sales in the wake of the data privacy scandal. The company’s shares have sunk 16 percent, wiping more than $80 billion from its market value, since March 16, when the New York Times and London’s Observer newspaper broke news of the use of its data by political consultancy ...

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to testify before congress

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a US congressional committee on April 11 following the Cambridge Analytica scandal over alleged misuse of users’ personal data, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Wednesday. “This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online. We appreciate Mr. Zuckerberg’s ...

Google to offer digital journalism training in MENA region

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Google announced on Tuesday a program offering digital journalism training in the (MENA) region. The program is set to offer training to 4,000 journalists in six Arab countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia. It is being organised in cooperation with the Washington-based International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and its IJNet Arabic service, Ahram Online reported. The training begins in May for a year offering workshops on the methods of ...

Myanmar judge to rule next week on dropping Reuters journalists’ case

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

A Myanmar judge said Wednesday he would decide next week on whether to throw out a case against two Reuters journalists who were arrested while reporting on military abuses against Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, could face up to 14 years in prison on charges of possessing classified documents under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. Their plight has triggered global alarm over worsening media freedoms in Myanmar and government efforts to restrict ...

Arab Media Forum kicks off in Dubai with focus on ‘Impactful Media Trends’

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Dubai’s annual Arab Media Forum (AMF) began on Tuesday, featuring 50 speakers representing 20 countries from across Middle East and the world. This year’s two-day forum is being held under the theme ‘Impactful Media Trends’ and is set to host Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa as the keynote speaker. The event will also bring together more than 2,500 prominent regional and international media figures. AMF Chairperson Mona Ghanem Al Marri ...

Saudi Crown Prince says these three red lines cannot be crossed

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, speaking to The Atlantic in a wide-ranging interview, said that anyone in the kingdom could write whatever they wanted to write and speak about whatever they want to speak about except for three red lines.The crown prince’s statements on the red lines came toward the end of his interview with The Atlantic’s Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg published on Monday, were Islam, personal attacks and national security.“There is a different ...

Al Jazeera pro-ISIS report resurfaces as critics call out Qatar-owned channel

Monday, 2 April 2018

A live report from inside Iraq’s Mosul after it was recaptured by ISIS militants in 2014 is resurfacing once again after social media users called out the Qatari-based network over its bias toward extremist groups. The Al Jazeera correspondent, who was conducting a live interview with a news anchor in Doha, was speaking during the early days of ISIS’s capture and control of Mosul from the Maliki government back then. “I have seen armed gunmen raising flags with the slogan ...

Saudi ministry rushes to help woman violently screaming in viral Twitter video

Monday, 2 April 2018

A video in which a woman can be heard screaming because her husband allegedly attacked her was posted to Twitter this week triggering the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development to take action to help her. Twitter users who tweeted using an Arabic hashtag, “save the battered woman in Abha,” said the woman’s husband beats her up. Some users published the woman’s name and said that neighbors have informed the police of what’s happening because they could not ...

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