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06

Feb

dynamicafrica:

Pic of the day: Journalists around the world are uniting for the release of Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Egypt under the hashtag:  #FREEAJSTAFF 

dynamicafrica:

Pic of the day: Journalists around the world are uniting for the release of Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Egypt under the hashtag:  #FREEAJSTAFF 

31

Jan

In this “new normal”, secular activists - including some of my prison neighbours - have been imprisoned at least three times, first for opposing the now fallen autocrat Hosni Mubarak; then for protesting at the excesses of the short-lived Muslim Brotherhood administration and now for what they say is draconian overreach by the current government. Campaigners putting up “no” posters for the recent constitutional referendum are also in prison, as is anyone caught taking part in Muslim Brotherhood organised protests (the Brotherhood is now deemed to be a “terrorist organisation”). In this “new normal”, an independant agency reckons some 21,000 were arrested in the five months since Morsi’s ousting on June 30, while 2,665 people had been killed and almost 16,000 injured in the same period. And, of course, among the detained are journalists, including ourselves, accused of supporting terrorism and undermining the state.

Let me be clear: I have no desire to weaken Egypt nor in any way see it struggle. Nor do I have any interest in supporting any group, the Muslim Brotherhood or otherwise. But then our arrest doesn’t seem to be about our work at all. It seems to be about staking out what the government here considers to be normal and acceptable. Anyone who applauds the state is seen as safe and deserving of liberty. Anything else is a threat that needs to be crushed.
Peter Greste, one of the Al Jazeera journalists currently being detained by the Egyptian government, in his second letter from Tora Prison in Cairo. On Wednesday Egyptian prosecutors said ‘they were charging 20 journalists working for the Al Jazeera television network with conspiring with a terrorist group and broadcasting false images of “a civil war that raises alarms about the state’s collapse.”

13

Jun

Nailed it. (via @BuzzFeedAndrew)

Nailed it. (via @BuzzFeedAndrew)

22

Jan

105 (or so) positions open at Al Jazeera America.

Is, “Hi, I don’t have a degree and I actually suck at journalism,” a bad way to start off an application?

16

Apr

Al Jazeera’s Teymoor Nabili talks to Dan Meridor, Israel’s minister of intelligence and atomic energy and deputy prime minister, about this and questions him over Israeli politicians’ claims that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, said Iran would ‘wipe Israel out’.

Short: Meridor grasps at straws as he’s put on the defensive by facts.

07

Mar

06

Feb

Al Jazeera: Qatar says UN vetoes sent 'bad signal'

Al Jazeera’s Simon McGregor-Wood: Some would say, given the level of violence, that it isn’t only a Syrian decision; it is an international war crime court’s decision. Would you agree with that?

Qatar’s minister of state for foreign affairs Khalid Al-Attiyah: At the end of the day, killing one person or killing 100 innocent persons is the same. Humanity does not reject this attitude.

SMW: Do you think Assad should stand trial for war crimes?

KAA: I think whomever is involved, whose hands have the blood of  Syrians or other innocent people should stand trial.

SMW: Can you imagine circumstances where the Arab League or Qatar would support the active arming of civilians?

KAA: It is not the position of Qatar or the Arab League to supply arms. Our mandate, our clear mandate, is to stop the killing in Syria, put the regime with the opposition at one table, and start a serious dialogue to bring Syria out of this chaos.

05

Feb

"Fighting a war with video cameras:" With few international reporters able to access Homs, activists in the central city have become effective citizen journalists.

They are using Skype, Facebook and other internet sources to document what is happening on the ground.

23

Jan

True Life: I’m addicted to Al Jazeera.

A billion-plus Asians have welcomed the Year of the Dragon with a cacophony of fireworks, hoping the mightiest sign in the Chinese zodiac will usher in the wealth and power it represents. (via Al Jazeera)