Fake News Watch - Sharjah police, Jordanian government and Egyptian military

gypt military colonel Tamer Rifai dismissed reports that an attack targeted a vehicle in North Sinai and urged media outlets to strive for media accuracy. (AFP)
Updated 01 January 2019
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Fake News Watch - Sharjah police, Jordanian government and Egyptian military

LONDON: Arab News examines a weekly round-up of fake news doing the rounds.

1 Sharjah police deny radars destroyed by gunshots
Sharjah police have clarified the truth behind photos showing speed radars destroyed by gunshots that have gone viral on social media. Their response came after images indicating that a number of radars situated on some of the streets outside the emirate were destroyed by gunshots.
Police said on Twitter that the images were from November 2012 and that the perpetrators had been brought to justice.

2 Jordanian government denies increase in bread prices
The Jordanian government denied it planned to increase bread prices in local markets, saying that what is rumored on social media is “incorrect”. The government made its comments through its electronic platform “your right to know.”
Social media users had been sharing that Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister Rajaei Al-Muasher had threatened to resign unless his request to raise prices was agreed.
“Deputy Prime Minister Rajaei Al-Muasher did not sign his resignation ... and the government has no intention of raising the price of bread,” the government said.

3 Egypt military refutes alleged attack on army vehicle in North Sinai
Egypt military colonel Tamer Rifai dismissed reports that an attack targeted a vehicle in North Sinai and urged media outlets to strive for accuracy while covering military operations.


Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

Updated 23 May 2019
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Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

  • Arab News scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive
  • It has won numerous awards since its publication and been one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom

LONDON: Arab News has continued its success on the international awards stage by winning two honorable mentions at the DNA Paris Design Awards.

The newspaper scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive.

The honorable mentions were for the categories “Graphic design - Editorial” and “Graphic design - Key art (Posters, covers, illustration).”

"For Arab News to be recognised again on a global scale with this award is a great honor," Simon Khalil, global creative director at Arab News, said. “Our women drivers cover has been recognised with eight design awards so far and this highlights just how important this moment in history was for women across the Kingdom.

 “Malika Favre was the obvious choice for our cover, and her illustration brilliantly captures the significance of this moment on the day Saudi Arabia changed forever."

The illustration was commissioned by Arab News for the cover of a special souvenir edition on June 24 of last year. It has become one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom.

The cover has won numerous awards since it was published. In March, it was recognized by SND awards, one of the most prestigious in the industry.

In February, the cover image was recognized in the international design awards run by “HOW” magazine.

The DNA Paris Design Awards honors international architects and designers “who improve our daily lives through practical, beautiful and innovative design,” according to its website.