Sherif Mansour

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Israel likes to describe itself as the only democracy in the Middle East. But with its recent moves to shut down the Qatari-backed broadcaster Al Jazeera’s operations in the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has chosen some strange, decidedly undemocratic bedfellows and sent a worrying message about its commitment to a free press.

Ayoob Kara, Israel’s communications minister, announced on Sunday a draft bill that would allow the government to close Al Jazeera’s Israel bureau, revoke its license to broadcast on local cable and satellite channels, and strip its journalists of accreditation.

Israel’s moves follow recent decisions by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to close Al Jazeera’s bureaus and block access to its website amid a broader diplomatic standoff with Qatar.…  Seguir leyendo »

Egyptian authorities said last week that they referred 20 Al Jazeera English journalists — four foreign and 16 local — to criminal court for their alleged membership in and aid to the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood.

Such a massive indictment of journalists working for an international media outlet is unprecedented, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which has monitored and advocated press freedom around the world since 1981. But it is not surprising, given the military-led government’s escalating crackdown on the press and its history of using the justice system as a tool.

Last year, Egypt was among the top 10 jailers of journalists and was the third-deadliest country for the media, the committee reported.…  Seguir leyendo »

Egyptian authorities said last week that they referred 20 Al Jazeera English journalists — four foreign and 16 local — to criminal court for their alleged membership in and aid to the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood.

Such a massive indictment of journalists working for an international media outlet is unprecedented, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists , which has monitored and advocated press freedom around the world since 1981. But it is not surprising, given the military-led government’s escalating crackdown on the press and its history of using the justice system as a tool.

Last year, Egypt was among the top 10 jailers of journalists and was the third-deadliest country for the media, the committee reported.…  Seguir leyendo »