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Palestinian Journalist/Author/Poet/Activist Fouzi El-Asmar, R.I.P.

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.23.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's the details one often remembers. Mine is the memory of Fouzi El-Asmar surrounded by piles of newspapers, documents, and books, at his Washingto...

Bassem Youssef's Punchlines Wound Egypt's Rulers

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.02.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

One can't keep track of multiple events on the dizzying Egyptian media landscape. But Bassem Youssef and his run-ins with authorities over charges o...

Egyptian Media Purges Continue, Critics Call for Total Overhaul

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.07.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

The ax is falling and heads are rolling in Egyptian media to rid once stodgy state-run organizations of deadwood noted for hampering professional and balanced news reporting.

Egyptian Revolution Fallout Rattles Arab Media Cages

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

Fallout from Egypt rattled cages at the pan-Arab, Saudi-owned satellite channel Al Arabiya when presenter Hafez Al Mirazi threatened to quit if he was not allowed to discuss the revolution's impact on Saudi Arabia.

Media Coverage of Egyptian Events Draws Fire, Praise

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

A sign carried by a demonstrator in Cairo's Tahrir Square read: "Egyptian media don't see, don't hear, they just talk." It was right on the mark.

Media Muzzled for Egyptian Elections, but Blogosphere Thrives

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

The government may have shut down religious channels, limited live political broadcasts and used licensing requirements to silence texting services, but this hasn't halted the political discourse.

Has Al Jazeera Lost Its Magic Touch?

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

Why are so many people mad at Al Jazeera www.aljazeera.net and is it still a leading Arab satellite channel? Why have so many anchors and corresponde...

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.

Much Ado About BlackBerry?

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

While countless Blackberry users in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are distraught about an expected October ban on applications supporting emails, messaging and Internet browsing, others in the Arab region are already considering Plan B.

Could Halayeb's Manganese Wealth Trigger A Sudan-Egypt Conflict?

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

Egypt and Sudan almost came to blows 17 years ago over the Halayeb region, said to be rich in manganese. Since then, the Sudanese government has called for a negotiated settlement of the dispute.

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...

What Was He Thinking?

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

it is important to acknowledge that when Obama won the election last November he was not handed a magic wand. Instead, he was handed the shovel his predecessor had used to dig deep holes in many parts of the world.

Lebanon's LBC TV Rides Layoffs Wave Ahead of Murdoch Buy-in, Arab Media Market Expansion

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

Lebanese media group LBC recently sliced 140 jobs, is trimming fat, and repositioning itself for a mega deal involving Rupert Murdoch's purchase of shares in Rotana Media.

Egyptian Divorcées, Girls Only, Burst Onto Web Radio Scene

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

Motalakat is an online radio station launched by Mahasen Saber, a thirty-something Egyptian divorcée and mother for other Egyptian women.

Arabia Felix 102: Yemeni Government Fingers Iran as Arms Supplier to Northern Houthi Rebels

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

The sixth Sa'ada war between central government forces and Houthi rebels in Yemen's north is well underway and expected to drag on, according to the country's ruling party.

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.

"Brand Dubai" Aims to Polish Emirate's Image Following Negative Reports

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

The Gulf emirate of Dubai is on a PR kick aimed at polishing its image and repairing damage from negative reports.

Saudi Arabia: A Player in Middle East Elections

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

It is a contradiction to mention Saudi Arabia and elections in the same sentence; however, no country in the Middle East, as of late, has been more invested in this democratic process than Saudi Arabia.

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.