Formerly TBS Journal

ISSN: 1687-7721

Press Freedoms

Libya's UN-Installed Government Cracks Down on Media as Opposition Protests Rage

July 30, 2016—Angry protestors marched in Martyrs’ Square yesterday, defying government measures to ban such gatherings. Outraged by the passivity of the new UN-installed government, protestors denounced al-Sarraj and demanded that he leave office.

Court Rejects Motion to Suspend Egyptian Novelist's Prison Sentence

Ahmed Naji with his novel. (Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi/Facebook)

July 16, 2016—A local court denied the request for a stay of execution for novelist Ahmed Naji today. Naji is currently serving a two-year prison sentence.

Lebanese Talk Show Host Arrested After ONTV Contract Terminated

Liliane Daoud. Thumbnail image captured from ONTV.

June 27, 2016—Lebanese broadcast journalist and TV host Liliane Daoud was arrested today, mere hours after she ended her contract with Egyptian television channel ONTV.

Media Barred from Trial of Egyptian Press Syndicate Leaders

Egyptian president al-Sisi agreed to cede islands Tiran and Sanafir (pictured above) to Saudi Arabia in April. The decision has since been reversed by a high court. Map from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Thumbnail photography by Jeff Djevdet.

June 4, 2016—The Qasr el-Nil Court prohibited journalists from entering the trial of Press Syndicate head Yehia Qallash and senior board members Khaled al-Balshy and Gamal Abd al-Reheem.

Human Rights and Media Organizations Condemn Arrests of Key Egyptian Media Figures

Egypt's Press Syndicate, which features graffiti of late journalists al-Husseini Abu Deif and Mayada Ashraf. Photography by Zeinab Mohamed. Thumbnail: Press Syndicate head, Yahia Qallash.

May 30, 2016—Amnesty International called the recent arrest of Egyptian Press Syndicate members "an alarming setback for freedom of expression." The Syndicate leaders were questioned for nearly 12 hours apropos “sheltering” Badr and al-Saqqa at the Syndicate. The prosecution accused the men of harboring fugitives.

Cabinet of Egypt Approves Bill Governing Media and Press

Photography by Paolo Negri. Thumbnail photography by Russel Davies.

May 16, 2016—Egypt's Minister of Planning and head of the National Committee for Press and Media Legislation, Ashraf al-Araby, announced the Cabinet's approval of a new bill today. The proposed law includes 230 articles that promise to protect and regulate the work of the media.


Dr. Rasha Abdulla, associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo speaks with us about her work on big data, social media and the Egyptian Revolution. Together with a group of scholars from the University of Amsterdam, Dr. Abdulla conducted big data research using the contents of the “We Are All Khaled Said” Facebook page. Dr. Abdulla was lead on an article investigating the role of the page as a venue for lessons in democratic participation.

Egyptian Writer and Journalist Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Photography by Florian B.

February 20, 2016—Egyptian writer and novelist Ahmed Naji was sentenced to two years in prison on Saturday after publishing "obscene sexual content" from a chapter in his novel, The Guide for Using Life, in a state-owned literary magazine in August 2014.

Egyptian Cartoonist Released Without Charges

February 1, 2016—After questioning this morning, Egyptian prosecutors ordered the release of Islam Gawish the day after his arrest. No charges were filed against him. (Aswat Masriya)

Egyptian Cartoonist Arrested at his Office

January 31, 2016—Egyptian cartoonist Islam Gawish was arrested today while working in the Egypt News Network offices. The official cause for the arrest remains unclear, but a source inside Cairo's Security Directorate has told Aswat Masriya the reason.

Human Rights Organizations and Public Figures Call for Release of Egyptian Writer

Hesham Gaafar. Thumbnail: Hesham Gaafar/Facebook.

January 30, 2016—Dozens of public figures and organizations called for the "immediate release” of writer Hesham Gafaar today, marking the passing of 100 days since his arrest.

PODCAST | The Interrogation of Photojournalist Kim Badawi

Last week photojournalist Kim Badawi was detained and interrogated for over ten hours at Miami International Airport. Badawi, a French-born American citizen of Egyptian and Slovenian ancestry was apparently flagged for his time working as a journalist throughout the Arab world. He is now based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he works as a correspondent for Le Monde.

PODCAST | Questioning the Narrative

Abdalla Hassan, author of Media, Revolution and Politics in Egypt (I.B. Tauris) and Associate Director of the Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism, speaks with outspoken TV presenter Reem Maged about the post-revolution media landscape and freedom of expression in Egypt. Maged spoke to us following her lecture on "Media Manipulation" at the American University in Cairo.