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An Nahar

Media Key to Covering Egyptian Revolution

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The scene of protesters trying to break into the state-run TV station on Cairo's Corniche brought to mind other revolutions where control of the media was of primary importance.

Egyptian Clampdown on Press Freedom Gaining Pace

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Noted, controversial media figures critical of the Egyptian regime are being sacked ahead of legislative elections in November.

Tug of War Over Lebanese Journalists Union Leadership

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Veteran Lebanese journalists working for foreign media have been denied membership and those affiliated with online outlets -- to say nothing of bloggers -- haven't even been on the LJU's radar screen.

Critics Skewer Arab Regimes for Stifling Press Freedom

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The dust had barely settled following harsh criticism of his government, when Moroccan journalist Taoufik Bouachrine was slapped with a real estate and sales fraud charge and sentenced to six months in prison.

Lebanese Press Freedom Takes Hits: IPI Report

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Press freedom is suffering in Lebanon, despite a modicum of maneuverability allowed by the law and the government's non-interference with journalists,...

Foreign Arabic-Language TV: An Exercise in Futility?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

They're tripping over each other. American, British, French, Russian, Chinese and Turkish satellite TV channels want a piece of the Arab viewers' p...

Arabia Felix 101: Yemen in the Grips of Unrest

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Yemen has mounted a tight security plan for the holy Moslem month of Ramadan starting this week in a bid to thwart any new terrorist attacks, the Yemen Times reported.

Rima Maktabi: Al Arabiya's Stunning, Substantive, War-Tried Anchor

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Fearless, dedicated, yet emotional about conflicts ripping into her country, Rima Maktabi knows when to suppress tears and get on with her job as a professional journalist.

Nadia al-Sakkaf: Yemen Times Editor on a Mission

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's not easy in a country where illiteracy is estimated at between 60% to 70% (depending on whose figures one believes), and where the president has been in power for close to 30 years.

Shoo Haida? The Shoe Saga Snowball Rolls On

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Egyptians have had a field day with the shoe-thrower story. According to one joke, the U.S. accused Syria of being behind the shoe attack, citing phone taps that intercepted the word "shoo" (Arabic for "what").

Lebanese Editor Defies Norms With Magazine Glorifying the Body

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Joumana Haddad is provocative, sensual and dares the censors with a magazine aimed at shattering Arab taboos on eroticism, sexuality, and everything having to do with the human body.

Joy, Cautious Optimism Permeate Arab Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Magda Abu-Fadil

"Americans Chose Change" was the striking blue headline in Wednesday's An-Nahar daily of Lebanon.

U.S. Election Fever Grips Arab Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Lebanese citizens interviewed on Lebanon's Future TV News channel were mostly for Obama, while Iraqis were waiting for the election's results to determine their country's fate, according to an FTV report.