Fake news watch: Palestine on the map, Egypt nature reserves still theirs

Wadi El-Rayyan, El-Fayoum, Egypt. (Shutterstock)
Updated 15 January 2019
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Fake news watch: Palestine on the map, Egypt nature reserves still theirs

  • Morocco’s Ministry of Education denied rumors on social media regarding a school book with a map that was said to omit Palestine
  • The Egyptian Cabinet’s media center has denied news claiming that the government intends to privatize nature reserves

Arab News takes a look at the latest fake news doing the rounds.

1 Palestine firmly on the map
Morocco’s Ministry of Education denied rumors on social media regarding a school book with a map that was said to omit Palestine.
The ministry released a statement saying that it “categorically denied that an approved schoolbook would contain a map without Palestine.”
It said several websites and social media platforms had circulated a picture of a map, claiming it was from a school book.
The picture that was circulated appears to show Arab state flags on a map of the Levant region, but with an Israeli flag over the Palestinian territories.

2 Egypt’s nature reserves ‘are public property’
The Egyptian Cabinet’s media center has denied news claiming that the government intends to privatize nature reserves. The Ministry of Environment reaffirmed that nature reserves’ lands are public property and are protected by the constitution and the law. The ministry reaffirmed that they may not be sold, traded or owned in any way.
It also said that these were mere rumors intended to provoke public opinion on the matter.


Arab News columnist Camelia Entekhabifard appointed editor of Independent Persian

Updated 20 May 2019
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Arab News columnist Camelia Entekhabifard appointed editor of Independent Persian

  • News service launched by Saudi Research and Marketing Group
  • Move is last phase of project to launch brand in four languages including Arabic and Turkish

RIYADH: The Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) has announced the soft launch of The Independent Persian, which will be edited by Camelia Entekhabifard, a columnist and Iranian analyst for Arab News and several other renowned media outlets. 
The website marks the fourth phase of SRMG’s project to launch The Independent in Arabic, Turkish, Urdu and Persian under a licensing agreement signed last year with the British news publisher. 

Arab News columnist Camelia Entekhabifard has been appointed editor of IndependentPersian.com. (Supplied) 

SRMG announced the appointment of Camelia Entekhabifard — the well-known journalist, political analyst and Arab News columnist — as editor-in-chief of www.independentpersian.com.
A group of experienced journalists have joined the project and are working in its offices in New York City. 

 

“The launch of IndependentPersian.com stands as the fourth and the last phase of our multi-lingual project with The Independent,” said SRMG Chairman Abdulrahman Alrowaita.
“We are so eager to have the new website able to attract a wider readership of Persian language to read a diversified content of very high professional standards. We do hope, with such project we introduce to our readership, the media and content creation industries will be enriched in our region and the world.”

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BIO

Camelia Entekhabifard is an Iranian-American journalist, political commentator and author of Camelia: Save Yourself By Telling the Truth (Seven Stories Press, 2008). Twitter: ​@CameliaFard