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Houthis kidnap two journalists who are Saleh loyalists

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate said on Wednesday that Houthi militias in Sanaa kidnapped two prominent journalists who support their ally, ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as the dispute between them continues to escalate. “Houthi gunmen kidnapped two journalists on Tuesday noon while they walked out of a restaurant in Sanaa,” the syndicate said in a statement which Al Arabiya received a copy of. The journalists were identified as Kamel Al Khodani, the editorial secretary at ...

US music industry soars as streaming hits 30 million

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The US music industry on Wednesday reported soaring growth in the first half of the year as streaming subscriptions reached 30 million and long-sagging CD sales leveled out.The boom in streaming – which allows unlimited, on-demand listening online – has revived the music business in recent years but the latest figures were especially strong.Sales in the world's largest music market rose 14.6 percent to $2.7 billion in the first six months, well outpacing the 8.1 percent growth a year ...

Saudi Research and Marketing Group to launch ‘Bloomberg Al-Arabiya’ network

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) today said it has entered a long-term agreement with US-headquartered media firm Bloomberg to launch a multi-platform Arabic-language business and financial news service. SRMG — publisher of Asharq Al-Awsat, Arab News and Aleqtisadiah — plans a 24-hour television and radio network and dedicated digital platform under the “Bloomberg Al-Arabiya” brand. According to a statement issued by the group on the Saudi Stock Exchange website, ...

Iranian media distort Trump’s scathing attack making him sound ‘nicer’

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Iranian media has misrepresented US President Donald trump’s UN General Assembleyy speech focusing on his statements on Iran when it was delivered on Tuesday BBC Persia reported. According to the BBC’s Persian service, Iran’s official Khabar news channel, the interpretation of Trump’s speech was going well, until … Trump came to the subject of Iran. Then the translator changed the content of the speech when Trump launched his scathing attack on the Iranian regime. ...

Twitter closes over 300,000 accounts promoting terrorism

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Twitter has shut down nearly 300,000 accounts which promote terrorism in the first half of this year. Less than one percent of the accounts were closed down following government requests, according to the company, while 95% of the accounts were shut as per Twitter’s censorship policy in combating extremist content. The measure comes in alliance with Twitter's internal monitoring regulations, which allow for the deletion of accounts on its social networking site if it promotes terrorism. ...

Nielsen says 11.4 million watch Emmy Awards

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Nielsen company estimated that 11.4 million people watched Sunday’s presentation of the Emmy Awards, roughly equivalent to last year’s show honoring the year’s best in television.Stephen Colbert hosted Sunday’s show for CBS. It competed with pro football and the beginning of Ken Burns’ lengthy documentary on the Vietnam War. Last year’s audience of 11.3 million people was the lowest ever for the Emmy Awards.The Emmys featured a surprise appearance by ...

Azerbaijan sentences journalist to nine years in prison

Monday, 18 September 2017

A court in Azerbaijan on Monday sentenced opposition journalist Elchin Ismayilli to nine years in prison for extortion, in a case his supporters slammed as politically motivated. The 39-year-old journalist -- whose website has often criticized local authorities in the tightly-controlled country -- was arrested in February for allegedly trying to coerce money from a top culture ministry official. Allies of the reporter, who is also a member of the opposition party National Front, insist he is ...

Iconic music magazine Rolling Stone up for sale

Monday, 18 September 2017

Rolling Stone, the iconic 50-year-old magazine of music and counterculture, is putting itself up for sale amid an increasingly uncertain outlook, its founder said. Jann Wenner -- who started Rolling Stone in 1967 as a hippie student in Berkeley, California and now runs it with his son Gus -- told The New York Times that the future looked tough for a family-run publisher. “There’s a level of ambition that we can’t achieve alone,” Gus Wenner told the newspaper in an ...

This Egyptian sandwich shop owner in NYC acts as a ‘political pundit’ for TV

Monday, 18 September 2017

Egyptian expat in the US Hatem el-Gamasy has become a victim of social media attacks, mocking his credibility as a spokesperson on political matters. The 48-year-old sandwich shop owner was shocked by the negative opinions he was receiving, after his story was published in the New York Times. English teacher Gamasy is a former English teacher from the Monufia governorate in Egypt. He came to the US to pursue studies in English as a second language. He has since been a resident in the US for ...

French journalist Loup Bureau freed by Turkey arrives in Paris

Sunday, 17 September 2017

A young French journalist held on terror charges in Turkey for more than seven weeks has arrived in Paris on Sunday after being freed, according to Reporters Without Borders.“Loup Bureau is on board flight AF1391, which took off from Istanbul at 6:13 am (0313 GMT) and arrives in Paris at 8:40 am according to Air France,” Christophe Deloire, secretary general of the media freedom group, wrote earlier on Twitter.Bureau, 27, a journalism student who has worked with the television ...

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