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DMC TV Network Takes Over

February 28, 2017—DMC TV network started broadcasting its long list of television programs and series in Egypt on January 14, establishing itself as a major player in the Arab media landscape. Speaking to Al-Watan newspaper in January, Emad Rabie—DMC’sCEO—said that the coming period will witness the launching of further channels such as DMC Kids, DMC News and DMC Masrah (Theatre).

Morocco Launches a Virtual Platform to Support Entrepreneurs

February 10, 2017—The Moroccan General Confederation of Enterprises (CGEM) and the Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs (MCMRE) initiated a joint agreement in Casablanca on Thursday to enable the establishment of a virtual region.

Morocco’s Return to African Union Widely Reported by International Media

February 1, 2017 —The 28th Summit of the African Union (AU) ended with a decision to welcome Morocco back to the pan-African body, a return that has been widely reported by international news outlets. The decision comes after Morocco submitted an official request to “accede to the African Union (AUC) Constitutive Act” in September 2016 to pave the way for gaining the AU membership.

Tunisia Olympics Roundup

August 22, 2016—In honor of the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games yesterday, we are revisiting Tunisia’s good and bad moments. Tunisia’s star-struck media veered dramatically to re-center the spotlight on three unlikely bronze medalists, whose groundbreaking performances outshone national heroes.

Stickers Against Libya's Grand Mufti Provoke Social Media Ire

August 15, 2016—Activists expressed anger on social media today in response to stickers spread throughout Tripoli slandering Libya's Grand Mufti, Sheikh Sadiq al-Gharyani. The stickers appeared under the cover of dark late last night. Posts defending the Mufti flooded Facebook with the hashtag "Sheikh Sadiq Al-Gharyani represents me."

Syrian Children Hold Up Pokémon Pleading for People to Find Them

August 9, 2016—The Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office released an emotional photo series on social media today. The photo series aims to garner the attention of fans of the newest gaming craze, Pokémon Go.

Egypt Court Postpones Rabaa Dispersal Trial

August 9, 2016—The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the “Rabaa Dispersal” trial until September 6 during today’s court session. Among the nearly 740 defendants are Egyptian photographer Shawkan and important Muslim Brotherhood figures.

Egypt Prohibits Police Officers from Speaking to Media

August 9, 2016—Egypt's parliament approved legislation prohibiting police officers from sharing work-related information with media outlets today. The push for reform is due in part to recurrent complaints, many from human rights lawyers, of abuse and torture in police custody.

SNRT to Broadcast Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games

August 4, 2016—Morocco’s National Society of Radio and Television (SNRT) will publicly broadcast the 2016 Olympic Games from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

US Airstrikes in Libya Draw Suspicion and Mixed Reactions

August 4, 2016—On Monday, the Presidential Council of Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) requested that the United States level airstrikes against ISIS holdings in the Libyan city Sirte. As ground offensive against the radical group continues, Libyans in power remain split on US intervention.

A CLOSER LOOK | Ultras Ahlawy: The Narratives of Egyptian Sports Media

July 31, 2016—Friction between passionate football supporters and their depiction in sports media has developed over the past few years. Ultras Ahlawy, the Egyptian organization under which the fans gather, is at the epicenter of violence and anti-government conspiracy theories.

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.

Egyptian Filmmaker Mohamed Khan Dies at 73

July 26, 2016—Following a sudden health crisis, Egyptian director and filmmaker Mohamed Khan died this morning at age 73. He changed the face of Egyptian cinema in the 1980s with the expansion of neo-realism. Khan was born in Cairo in 1942 and studied at the London International Film School.

Tunisia's Star Wars Day: The Force (Re)Awakens

July 26, 2016—The American Embassy in Tunis and the fan club Star Wars Tunisia will host “Star Wars Day” tomorrow. The day is dedicated to exploring the iconic films and their roots in Tunisia.

U.S. Media Ignores Civilian Deaths from Syrian Drone Strikes

July 21, 2016—Syrian activists estimate that U.S. airstrikes on Tuesday morning left at least 73 Syrian civilians dead.

Imprisoned Egyptian Photojournalist Receives Award

July 19, 2016—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) awarded one of its four 2016 International Press Freedom Awards to freelance photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid “Shawkan” yesterday. The other recipients are journalists from India, Turkey, and El Salvador who have also faced “threats, legal action, and imprisonment” in the course of their work.

Libya's Ministry of Education Tries to Ban Social Media After Exams Leaked

July 18, 2016—Amidst a leaked exams crisis, Libya's Ministry of Education is seeking to block social media sites for the duration of the secondary school exams.

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.

Coup Bid in Turkey Reported Live on Social Media Despite Blockages

Erdogan in the Turkish presidential palace. Photography by Glenn Fawcett. Thumbnail: Turkey's flag hung in solidarity following the July 15 attempted coup. Photography provided by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

July 16, 2016—Despite restricted access to social media sites, Turkey’s attempted military coup exploded across Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube late last night.

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.

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