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SOUTH AFRICA

South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed, kidnapped in January 2017, is shown alive in new video

A video sent to the NGO Gift of the Givers shows South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed, abducted in Syria in early 2017, to be alive. In the video, dated 13 April, Mohamed said he fears for his life and begs for help from a number of people and organisations...

By Jonah Dylan 2 May 2019

UNITED STATES

When fake news goes viral, blame the media: study

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

17 Feb 2015

UNITED KINGDOM

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...

5 Nov 2014

SYRIA

Syrian state news agency starts Hebrew-language service

DAMASCUS, SYRIA: Syria's official SANA news agency has launched a new service to reach Hebrew speakers despite officially being at war with Israel, the agency's director-general said on Monday.

4 Nov 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

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.

31 Dec 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

Second worst year for journalists in jail: Watchdog

NEW YORK CITY, US: The number of journalists killed and imprisoned fell in 2013 but it was still the second worst year on record for reporters in prison, a US-based watchdog said yesterday.

19 Dec 2013

UNITED STATES

New York Times website hacked then restored

NEW YORK CITY, USA: The popular New York Times website returned to service on Wednesday, 28 August, after hackers forced it down for nearly a day, with a group backing Syria's government claiming responsibility.

29 Aug 2013

FRANCE

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.

23 Oct 2012

SYRIA

Citizen journalist sentenced to death for Al-Jazeera interview

DERAA, SYRIA: Reporters Without Borders has released a statement in which it expresses its shock on the news of the death sentence passed on Friday on the citizen journalist Mohammed Abdelmawla al-Hariri for "high treason and contacts with foreign parties". He was arrested on 16 April just after giving an interview to the television station Al-Jazeera about the situation in his hometown of Deraa.

21 May 2012

SYRIA

Syria: Threat to foreign media, bloggers, journalists

DAMASCAS, SYRIA: Authorities threaten foreign media, continue to arrest Syrian journalists and bloggers. The information ministry has threatened Arab and foreign media that are "illegally" in Syria, while Syrian journalists and bloggers continue to be arrested.

14 Mar 2012

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Dubai Lynx: Over 2000 entries into 2012 awards

DUBAI, UAE: The 6th Dubai Lynx Awards, one of the premier awards celebrating creative excellence in MENA's advertising and communications industry, has received a total of 2037 entries from 17 countries.

5 Mar 2012

UNITED STATES

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.

11 Jul 2011

SYRIA

AFP: The only international media organisation to enter Deraa

DERAA, SYRIA: Agence France-Presse has issued a statement to the effect that it was the only international media organisation to be able to get in to Deraa after a 10-day siege by Syrian security forces.

9 May 2011

FRANCE

How youth editions are explaining the Middle East revolutions

PARIS, FRANCE / DARMSTADT, GERMANY: The unparalleled recent events in the Middle East have offered newspapers an opportunity to make use of their youth pages and supplements to explain a complex situation. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) have gathered some examples from around the world.

9 Mar 2011

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