watchdog group gathering twenty journalists from five Arab countries
(Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Syria), is scheduled for
launch next June, reports AFP (Agence France Presse). More
Global newspaper circulation rose nearly 2 percent in 2006 and the number of newspaper titles also increased significantly, according to provisional data revealed today by the World Association of Newspapers. More
On 3 May, newspapers around the world will be celebrating World Press Freedom Day. How will your newspaper bring attention to this day? WAN offers a range of materials that media can publish free of charge to celebrate this important day. More
au fait is the first free daily to be launched in Morocco, which already has several free weeklies. With a circulation of 10,000 copies, this newspaper is distributed from Monday to Friday by a team of fourteen peddlers in Casablanca and three in Rabat since 1 March 2007, it will soon be available in Marrakech.
The World Association of Newspapers and a coalition of the world's leading news agencies today protested against severe restrictions placed on press coverage of this year's Rugby World Cup in France, and said the restrictions imposed by the International Rugby Board "are a serious breach of freedom of the press."
Arabs are rich, lazy people who always complain of being Israel’s victims. Americans are fat consumers who do not know a thing about the rest of the world. These are just basic examples of widespread stereotypes in the United States and Arab countries.
David in 1937 in Bernay, France, in the heart of Normandy, she would
later become Zakia Daoud in 1963, and one of the most emblematic
characters of Moroccan journalism. The reputation of that self-taught
woman who left school when she was 16 is mostly due to Lamalif, an
audacious French speaking publication that she founded in 1966 with her
husband, Mohamed Loghlam.
The International News Safety Institute (INSI)
presents the dramatic results of the world’s most comprehensive inquiry
into the deaths of journalists over the last decade in a report called Killing The Messenger: The Deadly Price of News.
Le Canard Libéré is the name of the latest newspaper to hit the Moroccan newsstands at a price of 8 Dirham (0,7 Euro). The first issue of this French-language satirical weekly was launched on 3 February.
A conference for media professionals from the Arab world will be held in The Hague, the Netherlands in June 2007. Under the title of "Strategy for Training Journalists and Protection of Journalists in the Arab World" a number of Arab and international experts on media, freedom of press and development will meet and discuss the strategy to raise professional journalistic standards, legal awareness and freedom the press in the Arab world. The dates for the conference are 7 to 8 June. More
The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) launched on 11 July the daily Al Watani Al Yom
(The Patriot Today) “which seeks to affirm the values of liberty,
justice and social equality,” as stated in the newspaper’s opening
Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) has registered 151.6 million Saudi
Riyal (USD $50.5 million) profit during the first half of 2006, a 80
percent increase compared to the first period of 2005, the company has
International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is hosting a new forum for
Arab and American journalists to discuss on how media cover and portray
each other. The forum is the continuation of the “Bridging the Gap”
conference held at the Wingspread facilities (Wisconsin, USA) in
Rights Network International (CRN) awarded Algerian cartoonist Ali
Dilem and the eleven Danish cartoonists whose work was commissioned by
the Jyllands-Posten to depict the prophet Mohammed and test the
limits of freedom of expression in Denmark with the 2006 Award for
Courage in Editorial Cartooning on 9 June.
Parliament approved a new press law on 10 June after amending a
controversial article that stipulated jail terms for journalists
reporting on private funds of public figures. The day before, at least
24 dailies and weeklies went on a one-day strike while hundreds of
journalists gathered in front of the parliament to protest the new law.
In order to win back readers from the successful independent daily Al Masry Al Youm,
Egypt’s liberal Al Wafd party recently selected the competing paper’s
former editor-in-chief, Anwar Al Huwwari, to head the party's
journalist Dina Abdel-Mooti Darwich has been awarded the first Samir
Kassir Prize for an article he wrote on brutality against journalists
in Egypt. The article was published in the French-language weekly Al Ahram Hebdo on 10 January 2006.
circulations worldwide rose slightly in 2005, while newspaper
advertising revenues showed the largest increase in four years, with
newspapers in the Middle East region continuously increasing their
share in the market, the World Association of Newspapers has announced. WAN’s annual survey of world press trends was released to more than
1,700 publishers, editors and other senior newspaper executives from
110 countries attending the 59th World Newspaper Congress and 13th
World Editors Forum in Moscow, Russia.
A new actor has appeared on the growing media market of the UAE. Sports100,
a new free daily sports newspaper was launched on 31 May by Ashley
Northcote, who was also behind the launch of the successful free daily 7Days. The paper is produced in the UK and printed in Dubai.
The Austria-based International Press Institute (IPI) has honored the independent bi-weekly Yemen Times
with its 2006 Free Media Pioneer Award for “providing accurate and
timely news and information and actively participating in efforts to
support press freedom, respect for human rights, political pluralism
Association of Newspapers is launching a unique media development
programme in the Arab world in which selected newspapers will work
together to share new commercial and editorial strategies with
publishers and editors throughout the region. The Arab Press Development Project will support 12 selected newspapers from the Arab region in the
creation and execution of new commercial or editorial strategies.
Experiences generated through the project will be shared among other
Arab media executives in an effort to strengthen the viability of
independent newspapers in the region.
are the latest developments in citizen journalism? How can newspapers
reconnect with their readers? What threats do Internet companies pose
to the traditional press? “Trends in Newsrooms 2006”, the second annual report by the World
Editors Forum, studies these and more of the most pressing issues
facing newspaper editorial staff in the digital age.
Audit Steering Committee (Castor), set up to promote the development of
circulation auditing in the Middle East, wants an Audit Bureau of
Circulation to be established in the region. Meanwhile, BPA has
confirmed it will establish an advisory board in the region.
newspapers in Lebanon have announced a reading awareness campaign
starting from May 2006. The campaign will be the first action after the
newspapers agreed to join efforts to encourage reading habits among
Lebanese people, The Daily Star reported.
A new center dedicated to journalism training will open its doors in Bahrain in January 2007, CampaignME
reported. Established in partnership with the City University of
London, the Institute for Journalism will be owned and managed by ten
publishers and TV companies from the region.
The US Middle
East partnership Initiative is failing in Morocco and Bahrain, where
authorities and publishers journalists associations have rejected any
attempt by the US administration to provide financial aid to
London-based global media audit firm Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC
UK) announced to newspapers through a letter dated 30 March that would
stop running audits in the Gulf region for lack of adequate resources
to conduct direct auditing, Gulf News reported.
largest publishing group, Maroc Soir, is set to invest for the first
time in the Gulf states; Moroccan daily Le Matin will have a Gulf
edition. This expansion aims at reaching the 550, 000 strong
French-language readers in the Gulf states.
special projects manager for WAN “Shaping the Future of the Newspaper”
project, has published a new report on how newspaper companies can
integrate print, online and television to reach consumers whenever and
wherever they are.
presented during the 40th International Advertisers Association (IAA)
World Congress held in Dubai shows that television is the first media choice for
Emiratis and expatriate Arabs while Asian and Western expatriates use
printed and electronic media more frequently, something that could have
significant implications for the advertising industry in the region.
The Saudi Research and Marketing Group, publishers of Asharq Al Awsat, Al Eqitsadiah and Arab News
among ten other publications, will go public on 8 April through an
initial public offering of 4.8 million shares, which represents 30 per
cent of the total stock.
football’s governing body, FIFA, and the World Association of
Newspapers, WAN, announced on 13 March that they had reached agreement
to lift all restrictions on digital publication of photographs of the
2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
newspapers have appeared in Egypt in the last few years. This has not
only made the newspaper scene a more lively and freer one, but it also
represents a challenge for the official press, which has been losing
readership and has financial problems.
A new Press and
Publication Law approved by the Kuwaiti National Assembly on 6 March
ends with the state monopoly on newspaper licensing and prevents the
detention of journalists and closure of newspapers without a court
announced the creation of the Gebran Tueni Award, which will annually
honor a newspaper publisher or editor in the Arab world who
demonstrates the values upheld by the WAN Board Member and Lebanese
democracy advocate who was assassinated in Beirut in December.
Jason Leavy, the launch editor of Emirates Today in Dubai, will leave the daily tabloid in 1 April and return to London where he will continue to work as consultant for the newspaper’s mother company, Arab Media Group (AMG), CampaignME reported.
The World Association of Newspapers and a coalition of the world's leading news agencies expressed on 23 February their 'dismay' and 'deep regret' about the decision of FIFA, the international, soccer federation, to abandon talks about the severe restrictions the organization has placed on press coverage of this summer's World Cup, despite the continuing disagreement between the two sides.
Since September 2005, Mohammed Hereika, a school director in Khartoum and an editor at the Sudanese daily Al Ayaam,
has been exploiting a common link between his two professions. By
initiating a first-of-its-kind Newspapers in Education (NIE) project in
his country, he has introduced his students to a concept he believes
could be applied all over Sudan.
The US is
losing the propaganda war against al-Qaeda and other enemies, US
defense chief Donald Rumsfeld has said. It must modernize its methods
to win the minds of Muslims in the 'war on terror', as 'enemies had
skillfully adapted' to the media age, he said. Washington and the army
must respond faster to events and learn to exploit the internet and
satellite TV, he said.
Newspapers In Education Development Project supported by Norske Skog,
the World Association of Newspapers in collaboration with UNESCO is
holding a workshop in Cairo from 14-16 February as a follow-up to a
Getting Started seminar organized for 15 Iraqi teachers and other
participants in December 2005.
Saif Al Islam
Al Qadhafi, son of the Libyan leader Moammar Al Qadhafi, announced on
27 January the creation of a new private media company heading toward
allowing private newspapers, radio and television news in Libya.
A new guide to
the internet is now available to journalists on line. The handbook,
“The net for Journalists” aims to provide journalists (print and
broadcast) with practical skills in exploring and exploiting the web
for day-to-day journalistic tasks.
Condemnation by Arab governments and Arab and Muslim institutions have led the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten to apologize for publishing cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. Danish Prime minister has expressed his personal regret.
of the Al Wafd opposition party in Egypt, Noman Gomaa, has suspended
the party’s newspaper and fired it Editor-in-Chief, Abbas Al Tarabaili,
on 27 January. It was the first time the paper was suspended in 22
News Agency "Efe" will soon start sending out news on Spain and Latin
America in Arabic from Cairo. The new Arabic service is the result of
the interest shown by the Spanish Foreign Affairs Ministry in making
the country more visible in the Arab world. A similar service operating
from Granada (Spain) was closed in 2003.
America has launched “BlogSafer”, a series of guides on how to blog
under difficult conditions in countries that discourage free speech.
Guides are available in Arabic, Chinese, English and Farsi.
The approval of
a proposed new press law that will end the government monopoly on
newspaper licensing and will prevent prison sentences against
journalists and the closing of newspapers without a court order was
postponed, on 28 December due to lack of quorum in the Kuwaiti
Journalist Union has called for an urgent meeting between the Ministry
of Justice, Mahmoud Abu Al Leil, and the Union’s chairman, Jalal Aref,
to accelerate the passing of a new press law, the Egyptian daily Nahda
A new Arabic-language daily focused on younger audiences will be launch in Saudi Arabia before the end of the year, CampaignME has reported. The full–color tabloid will be called Sun, the letters of which, in Arabic, stand for youth, variety and Saudi.
from Mosul, Basra, and Baghdad, met in Cairo, Egypt, on December 11-14
for a seminar whose goal was to introduce them to the Newspapers in
Education (NIE) concept that encourages a culture of reading and civic
participation. The NIE “Getting Started” seminar was organized by
UNESCO and WAN through its NIE Development Project sponsored by the
Norwegian paper company Norske Skog.
Are Arab media
getting more freedom? How do editors choose front-page headlines? What
are the reasons for the advertising underinvestment in the Middle East?
More than 1000 participants from 56 countries gathered in Dubai to
discuss these questions at the “Arab and World Media” conference
organized by the Arab Thought Foundation on 5-6 December.
edition of the Reporters Without Borders-Fondation de France Prize was
granted on 7 December to the National Union of Somali Journalists
(NUSOJ) and Syrian journalist Massoud Hamid in the “Defender of Press
Freedom” and the “Cyber-Dissident” categories respectively.
of Arab Journalists (FAJ) has called on its members to boycott a
workshop organized by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
in Beirut on the second half of December.The FAJ, meeting in Damascus on 30 November, expressed its discontent over being excluded from helping to organize the meeting.
Association of Newspapers criticized on 15 November restrictions
imposed by sports events organizers on the use of photographs by
newspapers, saying the restrictions "inhibit the free flow of
information and the rights of newspapers to practice their profession."
The Egyptian weblog "Manal and Alaa's Bit Bucket" won the Special Award
from Reporters Without Borders in the Deutsche Welle's 2005 Weblog
Awards on 14 November. The jury members decided to announce the award a
week early in light of the United Nations World Summit on the
Information Society in order to protest censorship of the Internet. More
public broadcaster Deutsche Welle has announced the final nominees for
its Weblog Awards 2005 “Best of the blogs”. Eight Arab blogs compete
for the “Best Weblog in Arabic” prize, while two more have been
nominated for the “Freedom of Expression” category. Winners will be
announced on 21 November. More
Photo is the world’s largest annual press photo contest. Its annual
exhibition presents the best of press photography to more than one
million people in over 40 countries. “World Press Photo aims to reach every corner on the planet. We are
already well-established in Europe, Australia, South America and Asia,
but there are some gaps in our map that we wish to fill. The Arab world
is one of them,” says Michiel Munneke, managing director of World Press
A year ago, the
independent news agency Voices of Iraq was created to serve for both
Iraqi and international media. The service counts on becoming
profitable in 2006. “There is a desperate need among emerging local media for a national
news agency. They are struggling to cover the news without any
resources and, in addition to that, have to deal with insecurity,” says
Paul Eedle, director of the Voices of Iraq news agency.
Two new newspapers in compact format launched in the United Arab Emirates on 20 September. The two papers were finally called Emirates Today for the English edition and Al Emarat Al Youm
for the Arab edition. It seems that the new papers prompted mixed
reactions. As Campaign Middle East reports, Gavin Dickinson, commercial
director at the Arab Media Group which publishes the two newspapers,
said that the launch was an "unqualified success, but admitted there
had been problems with the paper’s reproduction in the first issue."