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Date: 4 Feb 2016
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SOUTH AFRICA

Female millennials are the most confident and ambitious of any female generation

UNITED STATES

When fake news goes viral, blame the media: study
When fake news goes viral, blame the media: study

WASHINGTON, US: It's true. Don't believe everything you read on the Internet...

UNITED STATES

Newsweek Twitter feed hijacked by pro-IS hacker
Newsweek Twitter feed hijacked by pro-IS hacker

WASHINGTON, US: Newsweek's Twitter feed was briefly hijacked on Tuesday by hackers who displayed messages supporting the Islamic State group...

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

SA schools get opportunity to enter Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity 2015
SA schools get opportunity to enter Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity 2015

Schools in the Middle East have an opportunity to enter the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity 2015 through the FP7 School Print Competition. Entries close on 11 December 2014...

UNITED KINGDOM

Social networks 'in denial' on extremist use: senior UK spy
Social networks 'in denial' on extremist use: senior UK spy

LONDON, UK: Social media sites have become "the command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists", the new head of Britain's electronic spying agency GCHQ says...

IRAQ

Iraq finally gets 3G telecommunications
Iraq finally gets 3G telecommunications

BAGHDAD, IRAQ: Iraq's cabinet announced that it has authorised mobile phone firms to use third-generation frequencies, after years of promises amid the frustrated pleas of cellular operators.

SOUTH AFRICA

70 journalists killed in 2013
70 journalists killed in 2013

Syria, Iraq, Egypt most deadly nations for journalists. In South Africa, as and when the contraversial POIB becomes law, journalists could face very stiff penalties.

FRANCE

WAN-IFRA launches new programme for Middle East media development
WAN-IFRA launches new programme for Middle East media development

PARIS, FRANCE, DARMSTADT, GERMANY: Newspaper executives from Libya and Egypt are participating in a new training programme from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA): the Media Professionals Programme, an innovative initiative to equip media executives with the tools to advance their careers and contribute to the growth of strong local media enterprises.

IRAQ

Kurdish authorities arrest magazine editor

ERBIL, IRAQ: Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of Hamin Ary, the editor of the Erbil-based Kurdish and Arabic monthly Chirpa (Al-Hamsah in Arabic), and the withdrawal of all the charges against him. He has been held since 7 May for reprinting an allegedly blasphemous article by Goran Halmat, a controversial Kurdish writer living in self-exile in Norway.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

9.7 Million Levant users active on Internet
9.7 Million Levant users active on Internet

DUBAI, UAE: The emerging Levant makes up a significant 10.1% of MENA Internet population according to research by Effective Measure, a leading provider of digital media planning solutions in emerging markets.

UNITED STATES

Consumer Confidence Survey: Economy again top global concern
Consumer Confidence Survey: Economy again top global concern

NEW YORK, US: Global online consumer confidence fell for the seventh consecutive quarter as confidence in 31 of 56 global markets measured declined, according to from Nielsen, a leading global provider of insights and analytics into what consumers watch and buy.

UNITED KINGDOM

Arab TV springs to life: Pay TV subscribers to top 10 million in 2012
Arab TV springs to life: Pay TV subscribers to top 10 million in 2012

LONDON, UK: Record numbers of households across the Middle East and Africa are signing up for pay TV, according to new research from Informa Telecoms & Media.

UNITED STATES

Global adspend up 8.8% in Q1 2011: Advertisers push TV spend
Global adspend up 8.8% in Q1 2011: Advertisers push TV spend

NEW YORK, US: Global advertising rose 8.8% year-on-year in Q1 to total US$118 billion* based on published rate cards, as advertisers spent more on television and continued to invest in booming consumer Asian and Latin American markets.

UNITED KINGDOM

Don't neglect the Islamic market
Don't neglect the Islamic market

OXFORD, UK: A leading expert on Islamic brands is highlighting the untapped potential in Islamic markets which most companies are failing to exploit.

IRAQ

Iraq mobile firm urges government to switch to 3G
Iraq mobile firm urges government to switch to 3G

BAGHDAD: As Iraq readies consultations over how to move its mobile telecoms industry to 3G technology, its biggest operator has called for the government to move quicker to the latest wireless standards.

FRANCE

Banijay makes strides in Middle East with IF
Banijay makes strides in Middle East with IF

PARIS, FRANCE: Karoline Spodsberg, managing director of Banijay International, has announced the sale of entertainment format IF to pan-regional Middle East broadcaster MBC. MBC will air 20 x 60' original episodes of the show which exposes the morality of celebrities. The show was produced locally by In Media Plus.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Dubai International Print Award 2011 winners
Dubai International Print Award 2011 winners

DUBAI, UAE: Under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Chamber's Printing and Publishing Group (PPG), has announced the award winners of the fifth 'Dubai International Print Award 2011' during a gala dinner held at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Dubai.

UNITED STATES

Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence
Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence

NEW YORK, US: Consumer confidence fell in 25 out of 52 countries in Q4 2010 as hope for a global economic recovery evaporated at the end of last year, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index, which tracks consumer confidence, major concerns and spending intentions among online consumers.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Middle East mobile subscriptions surpass 200 million mark
Middle East mobile subscriptions surpass 200 million mark

DUBAI, UAE: The number of mobile subscriptions in the Middle East crossed the 200 million mark in 3Q10 to reach 202 million at end-September, according to research by Informa Telecoms & Media. Driven by growth in the less-developed markets like Iran and Iraq, the region's mobile market is still growing strongly, with the number of mobile subscriptions in the region increasing by almost 20% over the year to end-September.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Dubai Lynx Festival 2011 dates, new venue
Dubai Lynx Festival 2011 dates, new venue

DUBAI, UAE: The Dubai International Advertising Festival in 2011 will take place over two and a half days, 27- 29 March and the Dubai Lynx Awards, honouring North Africa and the Middle East's best work in advertising and creative communications, will be held on 30 March. Both events will take place for the first time at the Arabian coast resort, the Madinat Jumeirah, in Dubai.

GERMANY

Global photo market on an upward trend
Global photo market on an upward trend

NUREMBERG, GERMANY: The global photo market is once again experiencing growth, after some regions recorded a decline in the previous year. For 2010, GfK Retail and Technology is forecasting sales of 141 million digital cameras, which even represents an increase on the high levels seen in 2008. These findings have been recorded in view of the upcoming photokina trade fair in Cologne.

UNITED STATES

CNN enlists top journalism students for iReport initiative
CNN enlists top journalism students for iReport initiative

ATLANTA, US: CNN has announced the launch of a new initiative for journalism students, called CNN iReport University, linked to iReport, the network's user-generated news community.