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Bomb kills reporter who covered Malta’s ‘Panama Papers’ link

Monday, 16 October 2017

A Maltese investigative journalist who exposed her island nation’s links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed Monday when a bomb exploded in her car, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said.Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a town outside Malta’s capital of Valletta, when the bomb went off, sending the vehicle’s wreckage spiraling over a wall and into a field.Muscat says Caruana Galizia’s death ...

Iraq conflict photos, reportages dominate Bayeux awards

Saturday, 7 October 2017

A grim series of photographs titled “Kissing Death” by Iraqi photographer Ali Arkady on the bloody conflict in his country won the prestigious Bayeux-Calvados photo awards for war correspondents on Saturday.The brutal photographs tracked Iraqi special forces in battles in Tikrit, Fallujah and Mosul and included horrendous images of torture and violence. They were published by the VII photo agency.“They are the most sinister, upsetting pictures I have seen in my entire ...

Award honors slain Indian journalist’s courage to ‘write and fight’

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Two fearless Asian women who have risked their lives campaigning against religious extremism - one of whom was murdered last month - won a joint award on Thursday for their common courage.Gauri Lankesh, 55, an outspoken Indian newspaper editor, was shot dead outside her home by unidentified assailants in the southern city of Bengaluru, at a time of rising nationalism and intolerance of dissent in the country.“This award is a morale booster for people who want to write, and fight,” ...

Why has Baghdadi threatened the media and intellectual institutions?

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

In the wake of its several military losses recently —namely the loss of Sirte (in Libya) in December 2016, Ramadi in February 2016, and Mosul in July 2017 — ISIS has had to retreat to its stronghold in Raqqa in northern Syria. The group has also lost many of its high-ranking militants and hundreds of fighters have deserted its ranks.ISIS has lost the media war as well, which once supplied it with both financial and human resources. Ever since Baghdadi stepped on the pulpit of the ...

Greek journalists on 24-hour strike over social security

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Greek journalists have walked off the job for 24 hours to protest underfunding of their social security fund, which came as a result of austerity measures demanded by Greece’s bailout creditors.The journalists’ strike pulled all radio and television news broadcasts off the air from 6 a.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday. News websites were not updating their content, while no Wednesday newspapers would be printed.The country’s main journalist union, ESIEA, called on the ...

Guardian says journalist expelled from Morocco

Friday, 29 September 2017

A journalist for The Guardian was expelled from Morocco on Thursday, the British newspaper said after he landed in London. “Saeed Kamali Dehghan is safe and well, and has returned to London. “We are surprised that a respected Guardian correspondent reporting in Morocco was told to leave the country, and we are looking into the circumstances in more detail,” The Guardian said in a statement. Kamali Dehghan landed in London on Thursday afternoon on a flight from Casablanca. ...

British editor appears in Dubai court over wife’s murder, pleads ‘not guilty’

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Francis Matthew, the former Editor-at-Large of the Dubai-based Gulf News, appeared at the Dubai Criminal Court on Wednesday, pleading not guilty to charges related to the premeditated murder of his wife Jane Matthew. Jane’s death was first reported on July 10. Francis appeared in court with short hair, and appearing to have lost significant weight. READ ALSO: UAE journalists in shock after British editor arrested over wife’s murder Matthew was editor of the paper from 1995 ...

Positive international media reactions to King Salman's historic decree

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

International media reactions to King Salman’s historic royal decree granting driving licenses for women has been positive. The royal decree issued on Tuesday ordered the establishment of a high-level committee of involving the ministries of internal affairs, finance, labor and social development to study the arrangements within 30 days and to ensure implementation by June 2018. “The milestone was greeted with jubilation on social media, with the hashtag “Saudi women can ...

Greek media workers on 24-hour strike over health care fund

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Greece is under a news blackout after the country’s biggest press union called a 24-hour strike to protest the feared closure of a special health care fund for media employees.No news programs are being broadcast Tuesday and websites aren’t renewing their news content, while newspapers won’t be published Wednesday.The Athens Journalists’ Union is pressing for assistance from the government and media companies to help keep the troubled fund afloat.Greece’s news media ...

Turkish court releases top journalist in opposition newspaper case

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

A Turkish court released prominent journalist Kadri Gursel from jail pending trial late on Monday, in a case that targets the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper and has been condemned by critics of President Tayyip Erdogan as an attack on free speech. Television footage showed Gursel hugging his wife and colleagues as he emerged from jail at Silivri, west of Istanbul after some 330 days in custody. “This is not something to be really happy about. There are Cumhuriyet staff who have been ...

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