Lebanon parliamentary candidates charged as much as $240,000 for airtime

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Six thousand dollars can buy a minute of air time, but a talk show episode can cost $240,000. In Lebanon, media outlets are charging parliamentary candidates exorbitant prices for coverage. Whether beamed into living rooms on television screens or heard over the radio, legislative hopefuls are keen to get their messages out to their constituents before the May 6 election. The long-awaited vote is the first since 2009, and marks the end of a years-long political stalemate that had paralysed ...

Hatred of journalists on the rise worldwide, watchdog says

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders says hostility toward journalists is growing worldwide, often encouraged by political leaders - even in democratic countries.The group’s annual global index of media freedom released Wednesday found an overall rise in animosity toward reporters and a drop in freedoms, notably in former Soviet states but also in countries from the US to the Philippines.The group says many democratically elected leaders “no longer see the media as part of ...

The war on Gaza: Western Media’s misrepresentation of Palestine and Palestinians

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Western media’s relationship with the subject of Palestine and Israel, and the ongoing turmoil, violence and seemingly perpetual conflict, has been marred by inaccuracies, strange perceptions and incongruities. It is true that the verdict on Western media’s success or failures in conveying an accurate account of the situation in Palestine and Israel is, ultimately, subjective. Even Israelis who support the occupation of Palestine and the rightwing policies of their government often ...

Ramzy Baroud

Syrian state TV: Only material losses in Western attack on Barzeh Center

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Syrian state media said US-led air strikes caused material damage only at a scientific research center in the Barzeh district of Damascus on Friday. The attack destroyed a building that includes a learning center and laboratories, state TV said. “The missiles that targeted a military position in Homs were thwarted and diverted from their path, and injured three civilians,” state news agency SANA said.  

ANALYSIS: Spotlight on Iran’s media apparatus

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Media discussions continue over the nuclear deal with Iran and the need to curb Tehran’s ballistic missile program.There’s also discussion relating to the degree with which the regime, through its militias and proxies, meddles in the affairs of other countries in the region, such as Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon.There is, however, another highly dangerous reality, spreading from Tehran throughout the region and beyond, in the shape of the regime’s growing media empire.The ...

The dubious role of politically motivated media

Saturday, 17 March 2018

It is a pity that the media has become just a tool in the hands of some Arab regimes to push through their dubious agenda which final goal is to harm the Arab world at all levels.The subtle art of suggestionWe have been witnessing this malaise for decades, particularly at the time of the so-called Arab Spring, when the “crisis with the media” intensified. The ills with the media still persist — lack of ethics, spreading of lies, hatred and crises across the Arab world. In fact, ...

Muna Busamra

RIA: Russia will kick out UK media outlets if London shuts RT

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Russia will not allow any British media outlets to operate on its territory if Russian broadcaster RT loses its UK license, a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday, amid a row over the poisoning of an ex-Russian double agent in England. “Not a single British media outlet will work in our country if they shut down Russia Today (RT),” the state-run RIA news agency cited Maria Zakharova as saying on state television. In a blunt warning to Prime Minister Theresa ...

Egypt sets up hotline to combat ‘fake news’

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Egypt’s judiciary announced Monday it has set up a hotline to gather complaints of “fake” news in the traditional or electronic media that could pose a threat to national security.Two weeks ahead of elections in Egypt, the media have been under close scrutiny, with an increase in cases of journalists being arrested and websites blocked.“The Egyptian judiciary has set aside mobile telephone numbers to receive complaints on the instant messaging app WhatsApp and by SMS, so ...

Beating down Netanyahu to save Israel: How media continues to distort facts

Sunday, 11 March 2018

This is what US and Israeli mainstream media are essentially telling us: The problem is not Israel and its occupation of Palestinian land – it is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.The Israeli leader, who has galvanized American elites in favor of Israel for decades, is being thrown under the bus by the very media that once idealized him and validated his numerous mischiefs and under-handed showmanship.But the media, Israeli and American alike, are only defaming Netanyahu’s image to ...

Ramzy Baroud

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