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Iran: AI condemns broadcast of

BBC Monitoring Text of press release by Amnesty International (AI) on 20 July     Amnesty International condemns the broadcast by Iranian television of "interviews" with two dual, US-Iran nationals, Haleh Esfandiyari, 67 (f) and Kian Tajbakhsh, 45 (m), who have been detained in Tehran's Evin prison since 8 and 11 May, …

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Al-Arabiya TV responds to criticism by Lebanese Hezbollah TV

BBC Monitoring  Text of report by Dubai-based news channel Al-Arabiya TV on 18 July     [Announcer-read report over video]     Parties affiliated with Hezbollah and its media outlets have been launching a campaign against Al-Arabiya TV Channel. This campaign is characterized by being far from the truth from all sides and by …

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Iraqi PM criticizes media outlets ? Al-Iraqiyah TV

BBC Monitoring  Baghdad Al-Iraqiyah Television in Arabic is observed to highlight the following political and security developments within its 1700 gmt newscast on 18 July:     Al-Maliki meets Wasit delegation, criticizes media outlets      - "Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Wednesday accused Arab studies centres and media institutions of hatching plots against …

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Publication of English-language Palestine Times to be resumed

BBC Monitoring Text of report in English by Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post website on 18 July     [Report by Rory Kress: "'Palestine Times' to Resume Publishing"]     The Palestine Times, which closed down in May due to financial problems, plans to resume publishing in August, according to its founder and editor-in-chief, …

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Morocco: Journalist in police custody after publishing

BBC Monitoring Excerpt from report by Moroccan news agency MAP     Rabat, 17 July: The public prosecutor in Casablanca ordered the Criminal Investigation Department to open a preliminary investigation into the publication of a report, last Saturday [14 July], by El-Watan weekly magazine. The report was headlined "the secret reports behind …

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Iraq’s Al-Zawraa TV apologizes to viewers over

BBC Monitoring Al-Zawraa TV, the pro-Sunni television channel known for showing footage of insurgent attacks on US-led coalition forces has apologized to its viewers for the constant interruption to its signal, which it claims is caused by jamming.     An on-screen ticker observed since 7 July states "The channel apologizes to …

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Egyptian media angry over conditions in US aid bill

BBC Monitoring By Muhammad Shukri of BBC Monitoring on 17 July     A recent bill passed by the US House of Representatives setting conditions on the payment of 200m of 1.3bn billion dollars the USA annually gives Egypt in military aid has drawn angry reactions from Egyptian official and independent media. …

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Nahoul the jihadist bee debuts on Hamas TV

BBC Monitoring A new character, Nahoul the bee, has appeared this week on children's programmes broadcast by the Hamas movement's Al-Aqsa TV station.     Nahoul - who says he is the "cousin" of Farfur, the Mickey Mouse look-alike character recently killed off on Al-Aqsa TV's children's series Tomorrow's Pioneers - has …

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