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Veiled Saudi women take photos of their children during a ceremony to celebrate Saudi Arabia's Independence Day in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, September 23, 2009. Photo by Flickr user Tribes of the World and reused here with Creative Commons license.
Citizen Journalism
by Hiba Zayadin

Abdullah Al-Maglooth and Raif Badawi are both Saudi bloggers. They both enjoy a massive online following. But while one of them was honored at the Arab Social Media Awards for employing social media channels to promote positivity and tolerance, the other is serving a ten-year prison sentence, and the very reason for his incarceration is […] more »

Free Speech
by Jean-Paul Marthoz

This opinion piece first appeared on the Committee to Protect Journalists’ blog. The attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has sent shock waves through France and beyond. Not only because 12 people have been killed in cold blood and many were wounded in what was the deadliest terrorist attack in France since 1961, […] more »

Europe
by Jefferson Yen

Following the violent attack on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French weekly that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, media organizations had to decide whether or not to publish sensitive materials related to the attack — especially when the new issue of the magazine came out with yet another cartoon on the cover. The AP, CNN, […] more »

Free Speech
by Steve Roy

The following opinion piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. “I almost wanted to vomit.” “I was insulted.” These statements could well be reactions to any of the sleazy comments we regularly see online.  But instead, they are reactions from members of Congress to last year’s New York Times op-ed […] more »

Free Speech
by Andy Carvin

This post originally appeared on Medium and is reprinted here with permission. When Reported.ly’s European team went online Wednesday morning, our reporting operation was less than 48 hours old. We had launched Monday at a measured, almost leisurely pace, our team of six still getting to know each other and learning how to coordinate our […] more »

Free Speech
by Josh Stearns

When I heard about the attack on the offices of the French satirical weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo, with 12 people killed including four top political cartoonists, I was speechless. I have been writing about press freedom and violence against journalists for half a decade, but in the wake of these killings words failed me. Words […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Mahsa Alimardani

“The Internet environment is like a raging river full of water, and the water keeps on brimming and roaring. If we devise a plan for this river, and can direct it as we wish to a dam, we can create opportunities out of it. But if we leave it, and do not devise plans for […] more »

Free Speech
by Jillian C. York

With the rise of the Islamic State (or “ISIS”) and increasing repression in several countries — including Egypt and Saudi Arabia — 2014 has proven to be a rough year for freedom of expression in the Middle East and North Africa. Here are a few of this year’s big stories: Egypt The hopes of the […] more »

Free Speech
by Jefferson Yen

It’s been a rough month for Sony. Especially for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s chair Amy Pascal. Following terrorist threats from the hacking group “Guardians of Peace,” the studio has pulled its film “The Interview” from theaters. At the center of all this is a hacker group calling themselves the “Guardians of Peace.” But who exactly are […] more »


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