Al-Arabiya journalist Rima Maktabi honored by Lebanese American University

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Updated 17 May 2018
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Al-Arabiya journalist Rima Maktabi honored by Lebanese American University

  • On accepting her award the journalist said women in the industry face a tough journey
  • Maktabi described as a brave journalist both on the front line of wars and across the table from world leaders

LONDON: Rima Maktabi was awarded the inaugural 2018 Communication Arts Alumni Award last week by the Lebanese American University.
Maktabi, the UK bureau chief at Al-Arabiya News Channel, was chosen for the award in line with selection criteria that gave weight to innovation and women’s empowerment, according to Chairperson of the Communication Arts Department Jad Melki.
The award was presented at an event at Gulbenkian Theatre on Friday, at the conclusion of LAU’s Festival Next, a colorful week of workshops, performances, screenings, and competitions.
“I am proud to belong to this university and its student body,” said Maktabi, who shared valuable advice during her address to students, especially to aspiring female journalists.
“Do not be fooled by sparkling images of women on screen — women in journalism face a long, bumpy road,” she declared, pointing out that despite the massive spread of social media, the same journalistic guiding principles apply: “Accuracy, knowledge and truth are at the core, everything else is just an addition.”


Maktabi began her career as a game show host and weather presenter with Lebanon’s Future TV. She moved into news presenting in 2005 with Al-Arabiya, coming to international prominence in the following year when she covered the 2006 Lebanon war. She moved to CNN in 2010 to present the network’s “Inside the Middle East” program, returning to Al-Arabiya in 2012.
“Rima is a brave journalist — not just at the frontlines of the numerous wars she has reported on, but also across the table from the world leaders she has interviewed,” said Assistant Professor Claudia Kozman, who was also the MC at Friday’s event.
Abdallah Al-Khal, assistant vice president for alumni relations at LAU, joined Melki in presenting the award to Maktabi. After the presentation, the closing ceremony featured a spectacular performance by musical group Fere’et Aa Nota.


With Mo Salah’s World Cup dream in doubt, the Arab World erupts in anger

Updated 27 May 2018
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With Mo Salah’s World Cup dream in doubt, the Arab World erupts in anger

  • As Egypt’s Mohammad Salah contemplates watching the World Cup from the sidelines, the social media world has erupted with outrage and support for the footballing superstar
  • Salah suffered the agonizing injury during the Champions League final on Saturday, when Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos took down the Liverpool attacker in the 31st minute of the match
DUBAI: As Egypt’s Mohammad Salah contemplates watching the World Cup from the sidelines, the social media world has erupted with outrage and support for the footballing superstar who suffered a dislocated shoulder in a tackle that left armchair pundits around the world asking why the referee did not call a foul.

Salah suffered the agonizing injury during the Champions League final on Saturday, when Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos took down the Liverpool attacker in the 31st minute of the match.

Despite his best efforts to play on, Salah accepted defeat and walked off the pitch, clearly in a lot of pain, crying – while Ramos watched on — Liverpool went on to lose the cup final in a humiliating 3-1 defeat.

Now experts are questioning whether Salah will be able to play in the World Cup, which is just weeks away – sparking tsunami of reaction on social media as fans expressed their anger at Spaniard, Ramos, for what many say was excessive aggression and the referee for not calling a foul.

“Sergio Ramos, deliberately looks to hurt Mo Salah shoulder, you don’t put somebody into a arm lock like that by accident, disgusting,” GeorgeBakhos1 tweeted.







"Curse the ancestry that brought you to life, Ramos you buffalo," Karl Sharro tweeted.


One user even wrote a letter addressed to Ramos on how he “injured not Mo Salah but the hearts of football fans around the world.”



"My blood is burning, Ramos you son of a dog," tweeted IbrahimFayek.


"Your tears are precious to us, God willing it isn't a serious injury and you will raise the trophy. Ramos you son of a dog, I hope you get paralyzed," an angry user tweeted.





Salah’s injury even enlightened Muslims around the world, pushing them to head to the mosque and pray for the Egyptian.


Pictures of the incident went viral, with memes of Ramos flooding twitter and Instagram homepages.








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