Middle East - Alerts - 2012


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13 August 2012 | Palestine

Violations of media freedom in Palestine in first half of 2012

While new figures show a slight decrease in the number of attacks against journalists and media organisations, the status of media freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territories remains under serious threat.
9 August 2012 | Bahrain

Peaceful protests calling for self-determination violently suppressed in Bahrain

Peaceful protests calling for self-determination violently suppressed in Bahrain Police arrested demonstrators and used tear gas and stun grenades to suppress peaceful protests erupting in various Bahraini villages.
7 August 2012 | Syria

Spate of attacks on Syrian state media and journalists

Spate of attacks on Syrian state media and journalists
The headquarters of a state TV station was bombed, and a TV presenter was kidnapped and executed.
7 August 2012 | Bahrain

Human rights defender Zainab Al-Khawaja arrested, ill-treated

Human rights defender Zainab Al-Khawaja arrested, ill-treated The activist was protesting alone at a roundabout despite her leg being in a cast from a previous assault.
3 August 2012 | Syria

Five Turkish journalists wounded in Aleppo, latest danger zone for media personnel

Five Turkish journalists wounded in Aleppo, latest danger zone for media personnel
Three of the journalists were hit by sniper fire while the other two were struck by shrapnel from a shell that exploded nearby.
3 August 2012 | Iran

Human rights defender and journalist Nargess Mohammadi released

PEN International continues to call for all charges against Nargess Mohammadi to be quashed
2 August 2012 | Syria

Sculptor tortured to death by security forces

Sculptor tortured to death by security forces  Wael Qaston had been detained in a prison affiliated with the security branches in Hams.
2 August 2012 | Iraq

Local TV presenter killed in his home by gunmen

Ghazwan Anas' shooting was probably a politically-motivated reprisal of the kind that sends a signal to all journalists, according to RSF.
31 July 2012 | United Arab Emirates

Crackdown on new group of activists, reformers by authorities

The activists have been accused of being foreign countries' agents and of threatening the security of the country.
30 July 2012 | Syria

Citizen journalist held for over a month for possessing revolutionary songs

Fatima Khaled Saad was rushed to Latakia military hospital after being mistreated during a lengthy interrogation by intelligence officers.
30 July 2012 | Israel

Members of critical West-Bank theatre arrested, tortured

Members of critical West-Bank theatre arrested, tortured "A theater should be able to offer critical and provocative work without fearing that its staff will be arrested and abused," said Human Rights Watch.
26 July 2012 | Yemen

ANHRI welcomes right to information law

Yemen is the third Arab country to pass a law that addresses this human right.
20 July 2012 | Oman

Six more activists sentenced to prison terms, fined

Photographers Muhamed El-Habsi, Abdullah-El-Erimiand Abdul-bin-Salem El-Siabi were sentenced to one year imprisonment for insulting the Sultan and violating the information law.
19 July 2012 | Syria

Citizen-journalist arrested in Damascus

A member of the Local Coordination Committee in Homs, Salim Qabbani has made regular appearances on news broadcasts, such as Al-Jazeera.
19 July 2012 | Syria

Two Iraqi journalists killed

Falah Taha was killed while covering ongoing clashes between government forces and the Free Syrian Army in the capital, Damascus.
18 July 2012 | United Arab Emirates

Authorities detain 13 activists, including prominent lawyers

Authorities were urged to end the crackdown immediately, and release all activists detained for exercising their rights to free expression.
18 July 2012 | Palestine

Four journalists prevented from covering Clinton's press conference in Jerusalem

Israeli security services insisted that four Palestinian journalists undergo degrading strip searches before covering the visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Jerusalem.
17 July 2012 | Saudi Arabia

Website editor charged under cybercrime law

If convicted, Ra'if Badawi faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to US$800,000.
16 July 2012 | United Arab Emirates

Bidun activist to be deported to Thailand

Ahmed Abd al-Khaleq is one of a group of activists who had been jailed from April to November 2011 for peacefully advocating democratic reforms.
13 July 2012 | Bahrain

Opposition activists testify about torture for first time

The activists have described details of the torture inflicted upon them to force confessions, and they have named the officials involved in torturing them including the son of the king, Nasser Bin Hamad.


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