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  • Jordan's controversial press and publications law was issued in 1998, when Prince Hassan was acting as regent during the illness of King Hussein. The law was amended slightiy in 1999 (see below), and again in 2012 to bring news websites within its remit. Press and publications law, 1998 Unofficial translation prepared by Sa’eda Kilani,... read more
  • Organisations Committee to Protect Journalists   An independent organisation based in New York which promotes press freedom worldwide "by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal". See Middle East overview. Reporters Without Borders  (Reporters Sans Frontières) A French-based organisation.... read more
  • 22 December, 1990 Section One: Definitions and General Principles PART ONE Article 1: This law shall be known as the “Press and Publications Law”. Article 2: For the purposes of the application of this law the words set out below shall bear the meanings appearing opposite them, provided it is not specified otherwise. JOURNALISM: The... read more
  • The press in the Arab world:  100 years of suppressed freedom by Said Essoulami The history of press freedom in the Middle East and North Africa in the last century is determined by the interaction of several political, economic, social and technological factors. Among the most important of the political factors we should cite: the... read more
  • In 1998 Jordan published a draft Press and Publications Law. ARTICLE 19, the International Centre Against Censorship, analysed the draft and suggested improvements. The comments made by ARTICLE 19 are reproduced below because they address problems which arise with media legislation in many countries. Introduction This memorandum has been... read more
  • Overview NEWSPAPERS: Newspapers in the Arab countries can be divided into three categories: those that are government-owned (together with semi-official papers such as al-Ahram in Egypt), those owned by political parties, and the “independent” press. In general, Arab governments seek to restrict what may be said in newspapers, though the degree... read more
  • Overview NEWSPAPERS: Newspapers in the Arab countries can be divided into three categories: those that are government-owned (together with semi-official papers such as al-Ahram in Egypt), those owned by political parties, and the “independent” press. In general, Arab governments seek to restrict what may be said in newspapers, though the degree... read more
  • International codes of practice ASEAN - 1989 Council of Arab Information Ministers - 1978 Federation of Arab Journalists - 1972 International Federation of Journalists - 1986 Islamic Media Conference - 1980 UNESCO - 1983  Arab codes Algeria - 2000 Egypt - 1972 Egypt - 1983 Iraq - 1969 Lebanon - 1974... read more
  • Newspapers al-Thawra Government daily 26 September Newspaper of the armed forces  al-Ayyam Independent paper established in the 1950s, based in Aden. Yemen Times English-language newspaper founded in 1991 by the late Dr Abd al-Aziz al-Saqqaf. Yemen Observer English-language newspaper. Ray Newspaper of the League of the... read more
  • An e-book by Brian Whitaker exploring the unification of north and south Yemen in 1990, and its aftermath 6. Freedom of the press Download chapter as Word document THE NEW political climate in Yemen after 1990 brought a huge growth in publishing activity. The dull government-owned and officially-approved publications which had... read more
  • ANNUAL REPORT 1999: North Africa and the Middle East Detailed country reports are available (in French) at the Reporters Sans Frontieres website The situation in most North African and Middle East countries was still bleak in 1998. With detentions, excessive sentences for "libel", censorship, suspensions, administrative harassment,... read more
  • Algeria (2000)  Egypt (1972)  Egypt (1983)  Iraq (1969) Lebanon (1974)  Morocco (1995)  Saudi Arabia (1982)  Tunisia (1975) ALGERIA CHARTE D'ETHIQUE ET DEONTOLOGIE DES JOURNALISTES ALGERIENS Adopted by a conference of Algerian journalists... read more
  • Newspapers in the Arab countries can mainly be divided into three categories: those that are government-owned (together with semi-official papers such as al-Ahram in Egypt), those owned by political parties, and the “independent” press.  Very few of the privately-owned newspapers can be considered editorially independent; they are often... read more
  • Yemen chronology index     Date Source Headline 1-Jan-96 SWB Boutros-Ghali Favours 'Regional Settlement' to Yemeni- Eritrean Dispute (479... read more
  • The mystery surrounding an internet article cited by Russia to cast doubt on the findings of UN weapons inspectors in Syria took a new twist yesterday when one of the alleged authors denied having written the article. The article, headed "Syrians in Ghouta claim Saudi-supplied rebels behind chemical attack", was originally published by an... read more
  • Introduction In May 1998 the Algerian government began to liberalise its media policy. As part of this process it published a draft Organic Law on Information - Loi organique relative à l’information (LOI). ARTICLE 19, the International Centre Against Censorship, analysed the draft and suggested some improvements. The comments made by ARTICLE... read more

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