Al Arabiya at Davos: On the modern migrant and the right to seek refuge

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

While working on the upcoming session that Al Arabiya is going to conduct in Davos about the plight of large-scale displacement and the calls for new solutions to help families find safety, navigate through life and contribute to the communities where they find refuge, I felt obliged to mention during my opening remarks that I am a refugee myself. I thought that such a statement will send out two main messages: The first one is that such a tragedy could befall anyone and the second is that we ...

Trump orders CNN’s Jim Acosta out of the Oval Office

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

US President Donald Trump kicked CNN’s star senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta out of the Oval Office on Tuesday after the latter pestered him with questions.Videos of the exchange poste online showed Acosta yelling for “Mr. President,” at least three times before finally getting Trump’s attention.“Mr President, did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway?” Acosta asked to which Trump responded: “I want them to come in from ...

Five journalists jailed in Turkey for ‘terrorist propaganda’

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Five journalists were handed jail terms by a court in Istanbul on Tuesday after a trial in which they were accused of taking part in “terrorist propaganda”, Turkish media reported.Four of those condemned received 18-month sentences for participating in a solidarity campaign with the now-defunct pro-Kurd daily Ozgur Gundem, according to the private Dogan news agency.The paper’s editor-in-chief, Huseyin Akyol, was given three years and nine months behind bars, Dogan said, adding ...

Philippine news website Rappler’s license revoked after Duterte threat

Monday, 15 January 2018

The Philippine government has revoked the operating license of leading news website Rappler, officials said Monday in a ruling denounced by President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics as another blow to press freedom. Rappler, set up in 2012, is among a clutch of Philippine news organizations that have sparred with Duterte over their critical coverage of his brutal drugs war. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it had revoked the incorporation certificates of Rappler and Rappler ...

Indian journalist’s body taken to hospital in garbage van

Monday, 15 January 2018

The body of a journalist in India was transported in a garbage van causing fury among fellow mediamen and members of the public. According to a Times of India report, Mounesh Potharaj, 28, died immediately after his bike crashed into a tree after he completed his last assignment as a reporter for a TV channel. The police department decided to move his body to a local government hospital in a civic garbage van. A police official said that normally they get vehicles from local authorities, but ...

Swiss journalists launch crowdfunded online magazine

Monday, 15 January 2018

A team of experienced journalists is launching a new online magazine in Switzerland after reportedly collecting more than 7.7 million Swiss francs ($8 million) with the help of a crowdfunding campaign.The German-language magazine, called Republik , is intended to provide high-quality, ad-free journalism to paying members.Over 15,700 people paid at least 240 francs for an annual subscription within weeks of the project's announcement in April. Private investors contributed another 3.5 million ...

Mexican journalist killed amid wave of violence against media

Monday, 15 January 2018

A journalist was killed on Saturday in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, adding to a wave of violence in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers. Carlos Dominguez was murdered Saturday afternoon in the city of Nuevo Laredo, state officials said in a statement. The attorney general’s office has launched an investigation to determine the circumstances of the killing, including whether it was related to Dominguez’s work as a journalist, the state ...

Yemen Information Minister: Abducted journalists tortured in Houthi prisons

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Yemen’s Information Minister along with the National Organization of Yemeni Media, Sada, revealed in a press conference on Thursday the prison locations and torture methods that they say the Houthi militia uses on abducted journalists. In their report titled ‘The Price of Betrayal’, the organization showcased locations in Sanaa and Dhamar where they said abducted journalists are being tortured. They also revealed the names of militiamen who are in charge of these prisons and ...

Facebook joins Europol talks to fight ‘Islamist’ propaganda

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Facebook took part this week in key talks with European police agencies on how to stop and eliminate violent and terror-related “Islamic jihadist” posts, in an evolving battle against such propaganda.Representatives from the giant social network travelled to The Hague for Thursday’s unprecedented talks at Europol’s headquarters in the city, officials said Friday.They were also joined by Instagram officials and police from Britain, France and Belgium, aiming “to ...

Facebook to emphasize friends, not news, in series of changes

Friday, 12 January 2018

Facebook Inc on Thursday began to change the way it filters posts and videos on its centerpiece News Feed, the start of what Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said would be a series of changes in the design of the world’s largest social network. Zuckerberg, in a sweeping post on Facebook, said the company would change the filter for the News Feed to prioritize what friends and family share, while reducing the amount of non-advertising content from publishers and brands. Facebook, which owns ...

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