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Syria Across the Lines

April 19th, 2013 · 8 Comments · Media

Olly Lambert‘s excellent documentary must be watched. (If you’re outside the UK, watch it in the American language). He spent five weeks in Syria, risking his life to tell the story of the civil war through a village divided. He uses a young FSA fighter on one side, and a regime soldier on the other […]

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@AJStream – the voice of the Arab Spring

August 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Media

And now for something completely different. Since the Arab Spring began, much has been made of the role of the internet in the uprisings. It was a revolution that addressed our generation’s grievances, that brought our generation to the streets and used our generation’s favourite tools – Facebook and Twitter. Our parents struggled with the […]

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Is something changing?

June 28th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Media

Maybe this is a little optimistic, but… With foreign journalists allowed into the country, moving relatively freely (although with government minders accompanying them); with Michel Kilo and Aref Dalila allowed to take part in an opposition meeting; and with SANA reporting the following – has something changed? (Even the fact that their headline acknowledges that […]

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Vogue responds to Asma Al-Assad criticism

March 2nd, 2011 · 13 Comments · Media, Politics

It whipped up a storm on the net. Now Vogue is explaining why it chose to run an apolitical profile of Asma Al-Assad at a time like this. The magazine’s senior editor, Chris Knutsen, tells Max Fisher at The Atlantic: “We thought we could open up that very closed world a very little bit.” And […]

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What is Al-Rai playing at?

August 30th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Media

Two days after making wild unsourced allegations that Israel is planning to attack Hizbollah factories in Syria, Kuwaiti gossip rag Al-Rai is at it again. This time the ‘newspaper’ claims that Hizbollah and Syria have created a joint military command to attack Israel. But here’s the kick: the unsourced report claims that Hizbollah will place […]

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Kuwaiti newspapers spread more dangerous rumour

August 29th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Media

This is a story about two Kuwaiti newspapers: Al-Rai and Al-Seyassah. People often hail Kuwait as having one of the most free media scenes in the Arab World. But there’s a difference between free and diverse. You see, in Kuwait, as in Lebanon, there’s a huge range of private broadcasters and newspapers – especially given the […]

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Media, business and music in Syria

August 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Business, Culture, Media

Lina Sinjab meets Madina FM’s delightful breakfast presenter Honey Al-Sayed and looks at how Syria’s media environment is opening up. Then she talks to Forward magazine’s Abdulsalam Haykal to discuss economic liberalisation, visiting Amjad Maliki’s new venture, The Khan, just off Medhat Pasha and City Centre mall. And in the Guardian, Stephen Starr and John Wreford […]

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CNN Middle East editor sacked over Twitter row

July 9th, 2010 · 16 Comments · Media

One of CNN’s most senior reporters has been sacked after mourning the death of a Muslim cleric. Octavia Nasr was the news network’s most senior Arab journalist, joining in 1990 after making her name in Lebanon when she became the first female reporter to interview Shia leader Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. Two decades on, and a […]

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CNN’s Octavia Nasr under fire for Hezbollah comment

July 6th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Media

CNN’s Senior Editor of Middle East Affairs, Octavia Nasr, is coming under increasing pressure for a comment she made on Twitter. She tweeted: “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah… One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot,” following the spiritual leader’s death on Sunday. Israel-apologists are accusing her of supporting […]

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Baladna English first edition review

December 12th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Media

The first edition of the new English-language daily, Baladna, is now available online. Its cover story is the long-awaited plan to ban cars from the Old City. The full-colour paper, which has a cover price of 25L, seems to be targetting younger readers: stories on changes to military service, new housing for young people, environment […]

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