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If you’re wondering why Saudi Arabia and Israel have united against Al-Jazeera, here’s the answer

When Qatar’s Al Jazeera satellite channel has both the Saudis and the Israelis demanding its closure, it must be doing something right. To bring Saudi head-choppers and Israeli occupiers into alliance is, after all, something of an achievement.

But don’t get too romantic about this. When the wealthiest Saudis fall ill, they have been known to fly into Tel Aviv on their private jets for treatment in Israel’s finest hospitals. And when Saudi and Israeli fighter-bombers take to the air, you can be sure they’re going to bomb Shiites – in Yemen or Syria respectively – rather than Sunnis.

And when King Salman – or rather Saudi Arabia’s whizz-kid Crown Prince Mohammad – points the finger at Iran as the greatest threat to Gulf security, you can be sure that Bibi Netanyahu will be doing exactly and precisely the same thing, replacing “Gulf security”, of course, with “Israeli security”. But it’s an odd business when the Saudis set the pace of media suppression only to be supported by that beacon of freedom, democracy, human rights and liberty known in song and legend as Israel, or the State of Israel or, as Bibi and his cabinet chums would have it, the Jewish State of Israel.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/al-jazeera-saudi-arabia-israel-policy-terrorism-isis-iran-prince-mohamed-netanyahu-a7885851.html

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Middle East

 

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Taibbi on Amy Goodman Arrest for Covering Dakota Pipeline Story

A little over a month ago, private security guards working on behalf of the Dakota Access pipeline company clashed with Native Americans. They were protesting the bulldozing of land on a Standing Rock Sioux tribal burial site in southern North Dakota.

Guards sprayed protesters with pepper spray and unleashed attack dogs on the crowd – which included children – in a reprehensible example of corporate violence.

Filming the protests in North Dakota that day was a crew from Democracy Now! The show’s award-winning anchorwoman Amy Goodman conducted interviews during the protests and covered the dog attacks as they unfolded.

The show’s subsequent special report about the incident went viral, with more than 14 million people viewing it on Facebook.

Source: Taibbi on Amy Goodman Arrest for Covering Dakota Pipeline Story

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2016 in North America, Reportages

 

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The Arrest of Journalists and Filmmakers Covering the Dakota Pipeline Is a Threat to Democracy—and the Planet

On October 11, Deia Schlosberg, the producer of my new film, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, was arrested in Walhalla, North Dakota, while reporting on a climate-change protest. She was held for 48 hours before being allowed to speak to a lawyer. The authorities confiscated her footage. She is now charged with three counts of felony conspiracy and faces a possible sentence of up to 45 years

For being a journalist.

Deia isn’t alone. The arrest of journalists, filmmakers, and others witnessing and reporting on citizen protests against fossil-fuel infrastructure amid climate change is part of a worrisome and growing pattern. Last month in North Dakota, a warrant was issued to arrest Amy Goodman, award-winning host of Democracy Now!, after she covered Native American–led protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Her footage of security guards attacking peaceful protesters with bloody-snouted dogs was viewed over 14 million times. She elected to go back to North Dakota this week to face the charges. Actor Shailene Woodley was arrested and jailed this week while leaving a protest at a construction site for the Dakota Access Pipeline. She was singled out, the police told her, because she was well-known and had 40,000 people watching live on her Facebook page. Other filmmakers shooting protest actions along the pipeline have also been arrested.

Source: The Arrest of Journalists and Filmmakers Covering the Dakota Pipeline Is a Threat to Democracy—and the Planet

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2016 in North America

 

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With Friends Like These…: Erdogan’s Assault on Freedom and Democracy

Celil Sagir doesn’t have much left to lose. On March 28, he was fired, shoved aside. Now, he can talk about what is currently happening in Turkey and describe what it looks like when one man subordinates an entire country.

Sagir was managing editor of Today’s Zaman, the English-language offshoot of the country’s largest opposition newspaper. But on March 4, police stormed the paper’s editorial offices in Istanbul. Anti-terror specialists took part in the raid, as did several burly men in riot gear to put down protests. In their wake came the so-called trustees, sent to monitor the paper on behalf of the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

http://m.spiegel.de/international/europe/a-1085497.html#spRedirectedFrom=www&referrrer=

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2016 in European Union, Middle East

 

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Bangladesh publishers burn books in protest at killing of secularists

Demonstrations have continued over fatal attacks on secular writers and publishers in Bangladesh suspected to have been carried out by hardline Islamists, with books burned and businesses closed in protest.

Hundreds of people, including writers, publishers and bookshop owners, took to the streets of the capital, Dhaka, on Monday to protest against what they said was government inaction over a string of attacks, including the murder on Saturday of a publisher of secular books.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/02/bangladesh-publishers-burn-books-protest-secularist-murders

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Asia, Reportages

 

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#FreeAJStaff: Travesty of justice continues

“Shocked”, “sickened”, and “appalled” were appropriate words to describe the international reactions – and some of the local ones – to the second sentencing of Al Jazeera journalists and their colleagues in a Cairo court on Saturday.”The verdict today … sends a message that journalists can be locked up for simply doing their job, for telling the truth, and reporting the news. And it sends a dangerous message that there are judges in Egypt who will allow their courts to become instruments of political repression and propaganda.”

Source: #FreeAJStaff: Travesty of justice continues — www.aljazeera.com

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Africa, Reportages

 

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Jailed Al Jazeera journalists: Canada is the final hope for Mohamed Fahmy’s shocked wife

The Canadians have to do more for their Egyptian-Canadian citizen, she insists – but there is a note of desperation in her voice. “I saw the Canadian ambassador in Cairo, he’s trying to help – but of course he gets his instructions from Ottawa. [Canadian Prime Minister] Harper didn’t even call [Egyptian President] al-Sisi. The Canadians are trying to do more – but it’s not enough. Mohamed gave up his Egyptian citizenship. We’ve got to get him deported to Canada – that’s the only way out now.”

Source: Jailed Al Jazeera journalists: Canada is the final hope for Mohamed Fahmy’s shocked wife — www.independent.co.uk

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in Africa, Reportages

 

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We Are Drowning in Material’

SPIEGEL: Mr. Assange, WikiLeaks is back — releasing documents proving United States surveillance of the French government, publishing Saudi diplomatic cables and posting evidence of the massive surveillance of the German government by US secret services. What are the reasons for this comeback?

Assange: Yes, WikiLeaks has been publishing a lot of material in the last few months. We have been publishing right through, but sometimes it has been material which does not concern the West and the Western media — documents about Syria, for example. But you have to consider that there was, and still is, a conflict with the United States government which started in earnest in 2010 after we began publishing a variety of classified US documents.

SPIEGEL: What did this mean for you and for WikiLeaks?

Assange: The result was a series of legal cases, blockades, PR attacks and so on. With a banking blockade, WikiLeaks had been cut off from more than 90 percent of its finances. The blockade happened in a completely extrajudicial manner. We took legal measures against the blockade and we have been victorious in the courts, so people can send us donations again.

http://m.spiegel.de/international/world/a-1044399.html#spRedirectedFrom=www&referrrer=

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2015 in Reportages

 

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Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Mansour 1: Sisi 0

In 2004, only one news organisation stayed in Fallujah to report one of the bloodiest battles the US fought in the Iraq War. It was only thanks to Al Jazeera’s reporter Ahmed Mansour and its cameramen Layth Mustaq that the world knew what was going on in the city. Their reports so upset the US military, that it made Mansour’s exit from the city a condition of a ceasefire. Donald Rumsfeld called his reporting “vicious and inaccurate”. There can be no higher accolade for a war reporter.

On Friday Mansour was arrested at Berlin’s Tegel Airport as he was about to board a Qatar Airways flight to Doha, where he now runs a talk show watched by millions around the Arab world. The charge against him was concocted in Egypt, where mass death sentences are pronounced in just over an hour, and where people are hung for crimes they physically could not have committed – because they were in prison at the time.

via Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Mansour 1: Sisi 0 — www.middleeasteye.net.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2015 in Africa, European Union, Reportages

 

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Did Berlin really think it was a good idea to arrest an Al Jazeera journalist on behalf of Egypt?

A bureaucratic screw-up or a mighty blow at press freedom struck by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s democratic Germany on behalf of an Arab dictator? Who on earth decided that German cops were going to pounce on poor Ahmed Mansour – one of Al Jazeera’s top journalists – at Tegel airport in Berlin on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by a regime which has just sentenced its previously elected President to death?

via Did Berlin really think it was a good idea to arrest an Al Jazeera journalist on behalf of Egypt? — www.independent.co.uk.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2015 in Africa, European Union, Reportages

 

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