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Algerian press says new parliament

BBC Monitoring Algerian newspapers today described the new parliament as lacking "credibility and legitimacy" as a result of the very low turnout, officially at 35.51 per cent of the registered voters, in the 17 May legislative elections.     Up to 18 million eligible voters from Algeria's 33 million people cast ballots …

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Russia reaches out to Arab world through TV

BBC Monitoring Analysis by Amani Soliman of BBC Monitoring on 17 May     Rusiya al-Yawm or Russia Today is a state-funded, Arabic-language satellite TV news channel which was launched on 4 May 2007. It is widely seen as the latest front in a Kremlin drive to restore its Soviet-era influence in …

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Representation of Gaza clashes as

BBC Monitoring The Bethlehem-based, independent Ma'an news agency in Arabic reported on 16 May at 2101 gmt: "The Hamas movement has stated that the attempt to depict the current events in Gaza as inter-Palestinian fighting between Fatah and Hamas is a mere attempt to mislead local and international public opinion." …

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Israel: Ministry to counter

BBC Monitoring Text of report by Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv on 15 May     The Foreign Ministry is launching an information campaign on the internet's largest shared-video website, YouTube. Thousands of anti-Israel films and reactions have been uploaded on that website, claiming that the IDF [Israel Defense Force] is slaughtering the Palestinian …

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Watchdog concerned about latest Iraqi restriction on media

BBC Monitoring Text of press release by Paris-based organization Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) on 15 May     Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern about the press freedom implications of a decision by the Iraqi Interior Ministry announced yesterday to prevent journalists from getting access to the scene of bomb attacks.     The …

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Gap between Arab, Western media overstated – conference

BBC Monitoring Analysis by Amani Soliman of BBC Monitoring on 16 May     The "gap" between pan-Arab and Western media in reporting on key Middle East issues such as Iraq and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was closely scrutinized at a conference in London this week.     Arab and Western journalists working in media …

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Palestinian TV praises Fatah in coverage of Gaza clashes

BBC Monitoring At 0328 gmt, Gaza Palestine Satellite Channel in Arabic interrupts its regular broadcasting to announce that Hamas militants are "at this time" storming the house of General Rashid Abu-Shibak, Palestinian Internal Security director, at Tall al-Hawa. The anchorman entitles the incident "a flagrant and clear breach of the …

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