New York Times cuts number of free articles on website

Saturday, 2 December 2017

The New York Times on Friday reduced the number of free articles it will offer most non-subscribers to five from 10 in an effort to make more money from readers. The change is aimed at increasing subscription revenue as readers flock to the website for news on topics like the Trump administration or high-profile sexual harassment allegations, which have dominated the news cycle. The publisher plans to move toward a more "dynamic paywall," said a Times ...

Is Qatar defending its sovereignty?

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Qatar continues to tread a stubborn and deceptive path isolating itself and indulging even more on a path of no return to its natural place – the Arabian Peninsula and its Gulf.Qatar has a network of media platforms spread in Western capitals that allow it to become a means to perpetuate threat and confusion. All we really need to do is to follow online news sites, a machinery stimulating confusion and false rumor – working for Qatar with the Muslim Brotherhood behind it – to ...

Mashari Althaydi

RSF urges release of UK journalist held by ISIS for 5 years

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders called on Wednesday for renewed efforts to secure the release of British photojournalist John Cantlie held by the ISIS group on the fifth anniversary of his kidnapping. Cantlie was taken near the Turkish border in northern Syria along with US journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS in 2014. “Today marks five long years that John Cantlie has been held in captivity,” said Rebecca Vincent, UK director for Reporters Without Borders ...

Turkish opposition journalist sentenced to three years over tweet

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A Turkish court sentenced a journalist from opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet to three years in prison on Tuesday on a charge of spreading terrorist propaganda over a tweet which the paper briefly posted in May, state media said. The newspaper’s online editor, Oguz Guven, was accused of discrediting Ankara’s fight against supporters of the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the government says orchestrated a coup attempt last year. The tweet had referred to a prosecutor being killed ...

Algerian newspaper editor ends week-long hunger strike

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Hadda Hazem, the director of the Algerian El Fadjr newspaper has ended her week-long hunger strike in a bid to save her institution after governmental ads were suspended due to political reasons. During a gathering of journalists and activists in solidarity with Hazem, the Algerian media veteran called for ending the monopoly of governmental advertisements and said she decided to end her hunger strike in response to her doctors’ requests. According to data published by the ministry of ...

Hanover buys Bell Pottinger’s Middle East business

Monday, 20 November 2017

Bell Pottinger’s Middle East business has been sold to a subsidiary of London-headquartered public relations firm Hanover Group, the new owner said in a statement on Monday.The value of the acquisition by Hanover Middle East was not disclosed.Bell Pottinger’s British arm collapsed in September after the global public relations agency’s clients deserted it over a racially-charged political campaign it ran in South Africa.

Sudan journalists oppose new law curbing media freedom

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Dozens of Sudanese journalists on Wednesday demonstrated in Khartoum against a proposed new press law that aims to tighten restrictions on media freedom in the African country.“United Against the New Law” and “Free Press or No Press,” read banners held up by demonstrators who say the bill empowers Sudan’s press council to ban any journalist for an indefinite period if his writings oppose government policies.The cabinet led by Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh is ...

In Pakistan, teachers warned against working as journalists

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The government of a province in Pakistan has warned the government teachers not to work in newspaper, electronic channel or in NGOs and has asked them either to quit the job or face the music.According to a Daily Times report, Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar advised teachers working as journalists to quit their other responsibilities and pay full attention to teaching.Dahar said that those teachers who were doing jobs in other than schools were not only ...

British official urges social media companies to block militant content

Friday, 10 November 2017

Britain’s top internal security official is pressing social media companies to devise automatic systems to spot and block violent militant messaging before it is posted on their networks.Amber Rudd, home secretary in the conservative British government led by Prime Minister Theresa May, told an audience at New America, a Washington think tank, on Thursday night that there was an “online arms race” between militants and the forces of law and order.Rudd said government ...

Japanese reporter died after 159 hours of overtime

Friday, 6 October 2017

Japan’s public broadcaster has vowed to reform its working practices as it revealed that a young reporter died of heart failure after logging 159 hours of overtime in a month.NHK reporter Miwa Sado, 31, who had been covering political news in Tokyo, was found dead in her bed in July 2013, reportedly clutching her mobile phone.A year later, Japanese authorities said her death was linked to excessive overtime. She had two days off in the month before she died. NHK eventually made the case ...

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