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Online Discussion on Financial Assistance to Attend Trainings
The International Journalist’s Network (IJNET) has launched an online discussion on whether journalists should be open to the idea of receiving outside funding to attend training courses. More
27 June 2007
 
Reporters Without Borders Publishes Report on Media Coverage in Sudan
A new report from Reporters Without Borders (RSF), looks at how Sudanese media report on the ongoing civil war, the role they play and the different challenges they face.
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11 May 2007
 
New Pan-Arab Press Watchdog
A media 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
10 May 2007
 
A Vibrant, Growing Industry
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.
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08 May 2007
 
3 May is World Press Freedom Day
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
30 April 2007
 
Mauritanian Media Put to the Test
mauritania.jpgTwo years after a military coup that ended nearly 20 years of authoritarian rule, Mauritanians went to the polls and voted in what became one of the first tests of the new public media. More
20 April 2007
 
A gift for an article

ijnet_logo.jpgA recent poll showed that forty percent of Arabic-language journalists would be more likely to make use of a press release if it was accompanied by a gift.

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12 April 2007
 
Freevoice is looking for a Middle East partner
logo_freevoice141.jpgThe Dutch foundation Free Voice is looking for a partner organization in Egypt, Jordan or Lebanon to collaborate in one of its projects in the Middle East. More
06 April 2007
 
A Moroccan daily for free

aufait270307.jpgau 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.

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04 April 2007
 
Iraq: The deadliest country for the press

carteirak.pngFour years after American forces invaded Iraq, journalists in this country are being killed in unprecedented numbers.

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22 March 2007
 
WAN Protests Against Rugby and Australian Football Media Restrictions

logowan.jpgThe 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."

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20 March 2007
 
Fighting Words now available in Arabic

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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.

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13 March 2007
 
'Giving in would have meant becoming lapdogs'. An interview with Zakia Daoud, an emblematic figure of Moroccan journalism
Born Jacqueline 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 More
09 March 2007
 
Global Enquiry Into Journalist Killings Published

smallkilling.jpgThe 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.

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07 March 2007
 
Morocco : New Satirical Weekly Launched

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.

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02 March 2007
 
Conference on Safety and Training for Arab Journalists
logo_freevoice141.jpgA 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.
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05 February 2007
 
Egypt: Ruling Party Launches New Daily
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 editorial.
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Newsletter No 32
25 July 2006
 
SRMG Registers 80 Percent Increase in Profits
The Saudi 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 announced.
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Newsletter No 32
25 July 2006
 
New Forum for Arab and American Journalists to Discuss Media Coverage
The 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 December 2005.
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Newsletter No 32
25 July 2006
 
Award for Algerian Cartoonist Ali Dilem and 11 Danish Cartoonists
The Cartoonists 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.
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Newsletter 31
11 July 2006
 
Press Law Amended and Passed in Egypt Despite Press Protests
The Egyptian 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.
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Newsletter No 31
11 July 2006
 
Egypt: Al Wafd Tries to Rebuild Paper by Hiring Competitor's Editor
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 publication.
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Newsletter No 31
11 July 2006
 
Egyptian Journalist Awarded First Samir Kassir Award
Egyptian 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.
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Newsletter No 30
22 June 2006
 
World Press Trends: Newspaper Circulation & Advetising Increases
Newspaper 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.
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Newsletter No 30
22 June 2006
 
New Free Sports Daily in Dubai
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.
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Newsletter No 30
22 June 2006
 
Yemen Times Free Media Pioneer of the Year
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 and democracy.”
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Newsletter No 29
23 May 2006
 
Egyptians Trust Media and Prefer Television
A survey conducted by BBC, Reuters and the Media Center shows that 74 percent of the Egyptians trust the media, international television being the most reliable and accurate for them.
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Newsletter No 29
23 May 2006
 
WAN Launches Unique Approach to Media Development in the Arab World
The World 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. More
17 May 2006
 
Trends in Newsrooms 2006: A Practical Guide for Cutting-edge Editors
What 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.
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Newsletter No 28
03 May 2006
 
Castor Asks for ABC Body in the Middle East
The Circulation 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.
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Newsletter No 27
25 April 2006
 
Newspapers in Lebanon Join to Promote Reading
Thirteen 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.
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Newsletter No 27
25 April 2006
 
Bahrain will Host Journalism Center
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.
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Newsletter No 26
18 April 2006
 
US Funds for Independent Press Refused in Morocco and Bahrain
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 independent newspapers.
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Newsletter No 25
11 April 2006
 
Abc Stops Auditing in the Gulf
The 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.
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Newsletter No 25
11 April 2006
 
Moroccan Publishing Group to Expand to Gulf States
Morocco's 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.
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Newsletter No 25
11 April 2006
 
May Chidiac Wins UNESCO Press Freedom Award
Lebanese Journalist May Chidiac has been awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize. Chidiac was victim of a murder attempt last year.
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Newsletter No 24
04 April 2006
 
Compact Format Ads More Effective
According to a Subscriber Advertising Measurement (SAM) study carried out by Dow Jones & Co, publishers of The Wall Street Journal Asia, ads in compact format have greater recall among readers.
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Newsletter No 24
04 April 2006
 
New Guide for Publishers Looking for Convergence
Martha Stone, 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.
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Newsletter No 24
04 April 2006
 
In Dubai, Different Communities Use Different Media
A study 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.
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Newsletter No 23
28 March 2006
 
SRMG Goes Public
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.
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Newsletter No 23
28 March 2006
 
Shams Returns After Publishing Cartoons
The Saudi daily tabloid Shams came back to newsstands on 21 March, a month after it was suspended for publishing the cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed first published by a Danish newspaper.
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Newsletter No 23
28 March 2006
 
FIFA World Cup Restrictions Lifted for Web Media
World 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.
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Newsletter No 22
14 March 2006
 
Independents Challenge Official Press in Egypt
New independent 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. More
Newsletter No 22
14 March 2006
 
Kuwait's New Press Law Approved
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 order.
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Newsletter No 22
14 March 2006
 
Gebran Tueni Award to Honor Slain Publisher
WAN has 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.
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Newsletter No 21
07 March 2006
 
New Daily in Bahrain
Al Waqt newspaper, a new Arabic-language daily, was launched in Bahrain on 21 February becoming the eighth daily to hit newsstands in the Kingdom.
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Newsletter No 21
07 March 2006
 
World Editors Forum to Examine Cartoon Clash
The Danish newspaper at the heart of the Mohammed cartoon clash has agreed to discuss the controversy in a special session at the World Editors Forum conference to be held in Moscow in June.
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Newsletter No 21
07 March 2006
 
Emirates Today’s Editor Leaves the Paper

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.

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Newsletter No 20
01 March 2006
 
Iraqi, Palestinian and Syrian Media Groups Form Cooperative Association

In a step toward coordinating and sharing news, several media organizations and journalists have announced the formation of a new cooperative association, IJNet reported.

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Newsletter No 20
01 March 2006
 
World's Press, News Agencies, Regret FIFA's Withdrawal From World Cup Talks

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.

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Newsletter No 20
01 March 2006
 
NIE Grows in Sudan Thanks to a Teacher-Journalist
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.
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Newsletter No 19
21 February 2006
 
US 'Losing Media War to Al-Qaeda'
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.
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Newsletter No 19
21 February 2006
 
Follow-up Workshop for Iraqi teachers in Cairo
Through its 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.
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Newsletter No 18
14 February 2006
 
Iraqi Independent Journalism Network Created
The Iraqi branch of the German-based Unrestricted Writers has created a network to support independent defunct newspapers.
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Newsletter No 17
07 February 2006
 
Libya Says it Heads Toward Independent Media
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.
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Newsletter No 17
07 February 2006
 
Learning About Avian Flu
The World health Organization has published the “WHO Handbook for Journalists: Influenza Pandemics” to help journalists demystify the science behind avian and pandemic influenza. More
Newsletter No 17
07 February 2006
 
Guide to Internet for Journalists
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.
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Newsletter No 17
07 February 2006
 
Cartoons Depicting the Prophet Draw Fire
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.
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Newsletter No 16
01 February 2006
 
Al Wafd Newspaper Suspended for the First Time in 22 Years
The President 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 years.
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Newsletter No 16
01 February 2006
 
Spanish News Agency Launches New Wire Service in Arabic
The Spanish 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. More
Newsletter No 15
24 January 2006
 
Middle East Media Guide Available
The 2006 edition of the Middle East Media Guide is available on-line and through outlets in Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman and the UAE.
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Newsletter No 15
24 January 2006
 
Norwegian Magazine Publishes Cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed
The Norwegian magazine Magazinet has published twelve cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed that had previously been published by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
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Newsletter No 14
17 January 2006
 
On Line Guide in Arabic for Anonymous Blogging
Spirit of 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.
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Newsletter No 14
17 January 2006
 
Approval of Kuwait’s New Press Law Adjourned
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 parliament.
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Newsletter No 13
10 January 2006
 
Egyptian Journalists Union Wants to Accelerate Passing of New Press Law
The Egyptian 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 Misr reported.
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Newsletter No 13
10 January 2006
 
FIFA and WAN meet to discuss FIFA World Cup coverage
FIFA and the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) have decided to set up a joint working group to try to resolve some of the differences about how media can cover the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
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Newsletter No 13
10 January 2006
 
Image Library Covering the Middle East
Global demand for high quality images of the Middle East has contributed to the creation of a new on-line service based in the UAE, reported strategiy.com.
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Newsletter No 13
10 January 2006
 
New Daily to Target Saudi Young Readers
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.
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Newsletter No 12
27 December 2005
 
Sudanese Media Unite to Call for Press Freedom and Capacity Building Initiatives Nation-wide
Media from northern and southern Sudan discuss press freedom and media development under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in an historic meeting on 5 and 6 December in Khartoum. More
Newsletter No 11
20 December 2005
 
Iraqi Teachers Learn How to Use Newspapers in the Classroom
Teachers 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. More
Newsletter No 11
20 December 2005
 
Arab and World Media Conference: Call for Privatization
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.
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Newsletter No 10
13 December 2005
 
Syrian Cyber-Dissident and Somali Union Win RSF Prizes
The 13th 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.
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Newsletter No 10
13 December 2005
 
Lack of Local Political News in Jordanian Newspapers
According to a survey undertaken by the Jordanian Higher Media Council (HMC), national newspapers give more coverage to regional and international politics than they do to local issues. More
Newsletter No 9
06 December 2005
 
The Federation of Arab Journalists Calls for Boycott of Beirut Workshop
The Federation 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. More
Newsletter No 9
06 December 2005
 
Mauritanian Press Set to Change
The Mauritanian military government that emerged after a coup d’etat in August has promised to bring democracy to the country. Mauritanian newspapers are guardedly optimistic about their future. More
Newsletter No 8
29 November 2005
 
Conference in UAE Calls for More Investment in Arab Press on the Web
The “Reality and Challenges of the Internet Press in the Arab World” conference held in the UAE has called for more investment from Arab media in the web.
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Newsletter No 8
29 November 2005
 
WAN Chooses South Africa for 2007 World Newspaper Congress
The annual meetings of the world's press will be held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2007, the World Association of Newspapers announced on 23 November. More
Newsletter No 8
29 November 2005
 
New French-Language Daily in Morocco
The Moroccan Press Group Maroc Soir launched the new evening French-language daily Maroc Soir on 10 November. The 24-pages tabloid is the fifth publication of the group More
Newsletter No 7
22 November 2005
 
Sports Coverage Restrictions Concern World's Publishers
The World 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." More
Newsletter No 7
22 November 2005
 
Egyptian Weblog Wins Press Freedom Award
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.
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Newsletter No 7
22 November 2005
 
The WSIS Marred by the Lack of Freedom in Tunisia
The UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) ended on 18 November without achieving its goals and marked by the harassment to journalists and civil society activists. More
Newsletter No 7
22 November 2005
 
Citizen’s Summit Challenges UN Summit in Tunisia
A Citizens’ Summit on the Information Society (CSIS) will be held in Tunis, from 16 to 18 November 2005. The event coincides with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
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Newsletter No 5
03 November 2005
 
Nominees for Best Arab Weblog Announced
The German 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.
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Newsletter No 5
03 November 2005
 
Jordanian Center Offers Free Consultation for Iraqi Journalists
The Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) in Jordan is offering free media consultation and legal services to Iraqi journalists. More
Newsletter No 4
25 October 2005
 
Oman to license private TV station for the first time
The sultanate of Oman’s government will license a private TV station and three radio stations for the first time, according to an Oman News Agency (OMA) on 11 October. More
Newsletter No 4
25 October 2005
 
World Press Photo Hopes for Higher Arab Participation
World Press 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 Photo. More
Newsletter No 3
13 October 2005
 
Iraqi News Agency Goes After Profit
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. More
Newsletter No 3
13 October 2005
 
Al Rai Newspaper Launches a Palestinian Edition
The Jordanian newspaper Al Rai launched a new Palestinian edition on 5 October. It will be printed in the Palestinian territories and distributed throughout Gaza and the West Bank. More
Newsletter No 3
13 October 2005
 
New Training Center in Qatar
A new training center that will offer tailor-made journalism courses opened its doors on 27 September in Doha, Qatar. More
Newsletter No 2
06 October 2005
 
Jordanian News Agency Opens New Training Center
Petra, the state-run news agency of Jordan, opened a new training center on 19 September. The center has been created in cooperation with UNESCO. More
Newsletter No 2
06 October 2005
 
New Web Site Translates Arab Newspapers into English
Mideast Wire, a service providing on-line English translation of Arabic-speaking newspapers articles, has been recently launched. More
Newsletter No 2
06 October 2005
 
Mixed Reactions to New Compacts in United Arab Emirates
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." More
Newsletter No 1
28 September 2005