Online freedom hit as governments ramp up surveillance
Global online freedom declined for a fifth consecutive year as governments around the world stepped up surveillance and censorship efforts, a study showed Wednesday. The annual report by non-government watchdog Freedom House said the setbacks were especially noticeable in the Middle East, reversing gains seen in the Arab Spring. Freedom House found declines in online freedom of expression in 32 of the 65 countries assessed since June 2014, with “notable declines” in Libya, France and Ukraine.
17 November, 2013 Arab, African ministers meet in Kuwait to boost cooperation Arab and African foreign ministers met in Kuwait on Sunday hoping to accelerate a strategy to bolster economic cooperation, investment and trade ahead of a summit this week. The Third Africa Arab Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday will be the first meeting of its kind since 2010, when […]
8 November, 2013 Arab Spring fallout fuels Mediterranean smuggling rise By Peter Apps LONDON (Reuters) - The chaotic fallout of the "Arab Spring" is fuelling a surge in the smuggling of drugs, weapons and people across the Mediterranean, and cash-strapped regional powers are struggling to respond. Last month, European lead...
23 May, 2014 Column row sparks debate over Turkey’s press censorship A columnist for a Turkish newspaper has proved her own point all too well after a piece she wrote criticising Ankara's crackdown on press freedom was rejected by her editor. Washington-based academic Gonul Tol left her position at the Aksam daily to preserve her "professional ethics" in […]
17 November, 2013 AFP, UAE’s twofour54 sign training partnership deal The AFP Foundation signed on Sunday with Abu Dhabi-based information and entertainment centre twofour54 a partnership agreement for training journalists in the Gulf region. The training courses will be run by Arabic mother-tongue journalists employed b...
20 May, 2013 Jordan: Arab Spring clears way for press freedoms AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The Arab Spring uprisings that toppled four Arab leaders have forced Mideast governments to allow more freedom of expression and of the press, Jordan's prime minister said Monday, but critics charged that Jordan itself is not doing enough.