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Iran: Baztab website office in Tehran closed

BBC Monitoring Text of report by Iranian Baztab website on 24 September Following seven months of extreme pressure from the government on the Judiciary, the office of the Baztab website in Tehran was finally sealed by officials from Tehran Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday afternoon [18 September]. According to this report, …

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Iraqi Kurdish article criticizes arrest of media figures

BBC Monitoring Text of article by Awat Ali entitled: "Mr Fatihi and Mr Ferhadi"; published by independent Iraqi Kurdish newspaper Hawlati on 23 September The incident of the arrest of Mr Fatihi [Tariq Fatih], Hawlati newspaper's concessionaire, at Hawlati headquarters, and the incident of the arrest of Mr Ferhadi at …

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Egyptian president tours Media Production City

BBC Monitoring Text of report in English by Egyptian news agency MENA Cairo, 23 September: President Husni Mubarak on Sunday [23 September] toured the Sixth of October-based Media Production City (MPC) and the new projects being implemented on its premises of about 35m sq.m. Earlier, also in this city, southwest …

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Iraqi satellite TV under

BBC Monitoring Text of report by London-based, Saudi-owned Elaph website on 16 September [Report by Khudayr Tahir: "Did the Iraqi Satellite Channel spy on Abu-Rishah?"] The Iraqi Satellite [Al-Fada'iyah al-Iraqiyah] is the official state-run television station. It is currently under the hegemony of pro-Iranian militias that have transformed it into …

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Tunisia: First Islamic radio station launches – Al-Jazeera

BBC Monitoring Text of report by Qatari Al-Jazeera satellite TV on 18 September In a statement on the Internet, banned Tunisian Islamic Ennahdha Movement has congratulated President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's son-in-law, Mohamed al-Matiri, on establishing the first religious radio station in the country. The movement, headed by Rached …

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