Turkey orders Muslim Brotherhood TV channels to stop criticizing Egypt: reports 

Muslim Brotherhood affiliated TV channels in Ankara were ordered to stop airing criticisms against Egypt with penalties to be imposed if disobeyed. (Screenshot)
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Muslim Brotherhood affiliated TV channels in Ankara were ordered to stop airing criticisms against Egypt with penalties to be imposed if disobeyed. (Screenshot)
The conflict between Ankara and Cairo began after the Egyptian army ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, who was an ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (File/AFP)
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The conflict between Ankara and Cairo began after the Egyptian army ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, who was an ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (File/AFP)
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Updated 19 March 2021

Turkey orders Muslim Brotherhood TV channels to stop criticizing Egypt: reports 

Muslim Brotherhood affiliated TV channels in Ankara were ordered to stop airing criticisms against Egypt with penalties to be imposed if disobeyed. (Screenshot)
  • The step came following statements by Turkey aimed at easing tensions with Egypt after eight years of disputes between the two countries
  • The conflict between Ankara and Cairo began after the Egyptian army ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, who was an ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

DUBAI/LONDON: Muslim Brotherhood affiliated TV channels in Ankara were ordered to stop airing criticisms against Egypt with penalties to be imposed on those who defy the order, Al- Arabiya TV reported, citing knowledge sources.

The step came following statements by Turkey aimed at easing tensions with Egypt after eight years of disputes between the two countries. 

Egypt’s Minister of Information Osama Heikal said he welcomed news of Turkey’s decision to ban anti-Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood channels, referring to it as “a good initiative.”

Heikal said the decision “creates an appropriate atmosphere for discussing controversial issues.”\

And he said Egypt’s position was constant and worked to “develop relations with everyone according to common interests.”

The conflict between Ankara and Cairo began after the Egyptian army ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, who was an ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.




 Translation: From trusted sources, official Turkish orders released  calls on Egyptian “opposition” channels in Istanbul to stop mentioning [Egyptian President] El-Sisi and to change into a channel of varieties in art and culture and family, far from the current events or politics.

Egypt later recognized the group as an extremist organization which caused multiple Brotherhood members and their supporters to flee to Turkey after their activities were banned in in the country.

Ankara’s relations with the country deteriorated following the election of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as president of the republic in 2013.

Sources told Al Arabiya that Ankara ordered El-Sharq TV – a Muslim Brotherhood-sympathetic channel based in Turkey (not to be confused with “Asharq News Channel” which is part of SRMG, based in Dubai and has a cooperation deal with Bloomberg) in addition to Watan TV and Mekameleen channels to immediately halt airing political shows critical of Egypt, the report said.

 

A tweet from El-Sharq TV’s official account said: “To our dear followers, we apologize [for not airing] tonight’s episode of ‘The Streets of Egypt’.”

Qatari-backed, MB-leaning Middle East Eye based in London also reported the news, which served as confirmation that Turkey did curb the Muslim Brotherhood channels.

Earlier in March, Turkey said it is ready to normalize ties with Egypt and Gulf countries, following disputes over Ankara’s support for extremist-rooted governments.




Translation: The Turkish government officially asks El-Sharq, Mekameleen and Watan TV channels to either shut down their stations or change into a varieties channel and stop their political shows and stop any commentary on [Egyptian President] El-Sisi. And Mekameleen is currently in a meeting to discuss shutting down or changing its reporting.

“A new chapter can be opened, a new page can be turned in our relationship with Egypt as well as other Gulf countries to help regional peace and stability,” Spokesman of the Turkish President, Ibrahim Kalin, told Bloomberg.

Later, the Egyptian foreign ministry denied claims by the Turkish government that there has been resumption and restoration of ties with Cairo and Gulf states.

“There is no such thing of ‘resuming diplomatic contacts’,” a number of Egyptian and Arab media outlets reported, citing an unnamed official.


Meta’s #LoveLocal campaign returns for second year

Meta’s #LoveLocal campaign returns for second year
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Meta’s #LoveLocal campaign returns for second year

Meta’s #LoveLocal campaign returns for second year
  • In partnership with creative agency TBWA\RAAD Meta brings back campaign to support small and medium-sized businesses during the holiday season

Meta, formerly Facebook, has teamed up for the second year with regional creative agency TBWA\RAAD to launch the #LoveLocal campaign on Facebook and Instagram during the holiday season.

The campaign is aimed at supporting and amplifying the voices of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) on the platform. This year’s edition brings together local influencers, content creators, and communities to support SMBs across the region.

“SMBs are a key priority for us at Meta as they are the heart of our economies and communities. Going into its second year, our #LoveLocal initiative captures our commitment to bolster the recovery of local SMBs across the MENA region,” said Derya Matras, vice-president of Middle East, Africa and Turkey at Meta.

For the campaign’s teaser, Meta partnered with prominent public figures and content creators in the region such as Mohamed Henedi, Faisal Al-Saif, Fatima Zahra El-Ibrahimi, Leyla Fathallah, and Hadia Ghaleb. They participated in the campaign by either changing their Facebook cover photo or posting on their Instagram feed “Space for rent, only if you #LoveLocal.”

CaptionMeta partnered with prominent public figures and content creators in the region such as Mohamed Henedi, Faisal Al-Saif, Fatima Zahra El-Ibrahimi, Leyla Fathallah, and Hadia Ghaleb. (Supplied)

Throughout this week, they will be offering space on their Facebook and Instagram platforms to advertise the SMBs they love and support.

The announcement video of the campaign invites people to support their local small businesses by changing their cover photos on Facebook and posting on Instagram. (Supplied)

The announcement video of the campaign invites people to support their local small businesses by changing their cover photos on Facebook and posting on Instagram. Users are also encouraged to tag their favorite local businesses and include the hashtag #LoveLocal.

“Infused with traditional and real Middle Eastern insights, the campaign taps into culture to reignite love for neighborhood businesses, bringing back in each one of us those beautiful, nostalgic, authentic emotions of street food, corner cafes and even childhood memories,” said Reda Raad, group CEO of TBWA\RAAD.


Majarra launches new Arabic skill for Alexa

Majarra launches new Arabic skill for Alexa
Updated 09 December 2021

Majarra launches new Arabic skill for Alexa

Majarra launches new Arabic skill for Alexa
  • The Harvard Business Review Arabia skill for Alexa will provide daily management tips

ABU DHABI: Majarra, one of the region’s leading Arabic digital content providers, has launched the Harvard Business Review Arabia skill for Alexa to provide daily management tips, making it among the first Arabic skills built for Alexa.

The Arabic-language skill is part of Alexa’s flash briefing news skills, which provide short bursts of information to Alexa users. This particular skill offers users quick management tips when they ask Alexa in Arabic: “What’s new in business today?”

“Majarra wants to be with our users wherever they are, and there is nothing easier than asking for Alexa’s help to get engaging, useful content on the go,” said Dia Haykal, director of brand and partnerships at Majarra.

Haykal indicated that Majarra would be adding more content to Alexa in the future. “We are committed to offering our users the best Arabic content and making it available to them in the format that suits their needs and lifestyle,” she said.

Earlier this year, following a rebrand from Haykal Media to Majarra, the company announced its plan to offer a network of high-quality online content platforms in Arabic through a single subscription. The network includes titles such as Harvard Business Review Arabia, MIT Technology Review Arabia, Stanford Social Innovation Review Arabia, Popular Science Arabia, Psychologies Nafseyati, Fortune and Man Hom, with more launches expected this year.


Record number of journalists jailed in 2021: CPJ

China remains the world’s worst jailer of journalists for the third year in a row, with 50 behind bars. (File/AFP)
China remains the world’s worst jailer of journalists for the third year in a row, with 50 behind bars. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 December 2021

Record number of journalists jailed in 2021: CPJ

China remains the world’s worst jailer of journalists for the third year in a row, with 50 behind bars. (File/AFP)
  • The Committee to Protect Journalist revealed that the number of jailed journalists hit a record in 2021, bringing the total to 293 journalists

NEW YORK: The number of journalists jailed around the world hit a new record in 2021, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday, with China and Myanmar having put a quarter of the 293 media workers behind bars.
In its annual report, the CPJ listed 50 journalists imprisoned in China, 26 in Burma, 25 in Egypt, 23 in Vietnam and 19 in Belarus.
Adding those jailed in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, the CPJ said a total of 293 journalists were in prison worldwide as of December 1 — up from 280 the year before.
“This is the sixth year in a row that CPJ has documented record numbers of journalists imprisoned around the world,” said Joel Simon, executive director of the group.
“Imprisoning journalists for reporting the news is the hallmark of an authoritarian regime,” he said in a statement.
For 40 years, the CPJ has denounced journalists being murdered, imprisoned, censored, physically hurt and threatened.
“It’s distressing to see many countries on the list year after year, but it is especially horrifying that Myanmar and Ethiopia have so brutally slammed the door on press freedom.”
The association also counted 24 journalists killed around the world this year.
Mexico “remained the Western hemisphere’s deadliest country for journalists, with three murdered for their reporting and the motives for six other killings under investigation,” the CPJ said.
India was also high on the list, with four journalists killed this year.
The CPJ said the number of journalists behind bars reflects “increasing intolerance for independent reporting around the world.”
The report noted restrictive environments for journalists around the world, including laws used to target reporters in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, the coup in Myanmar, the war in northern Ethiopia and the crackdown on the opposition in Belarus.


Filipino journalist shot dead while watching TV in store

Filipino journalist shot dead while watching TV in store
Updated 09 December 2021

Filipino journalist shot dead while watching TV in store

Filipino journalist shot dead while watching TV in store
  • Jesus Malabanan is provincial correspondent for the Manila Standard newspaper
  • A media protection body created by President Rodrigo Duterte strongly condemned the killing

MANILA: A gunman shot and killed a journalist who was watching TV at a store in a central Philippine city, in a brazen attack in what has long been regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists.
Jesus Malabanan, a 58-year-old provincial correspondent for the Manila Standard newspaper, died while being transported to a hospital after being shot once in the head by one of two motorcycle-riding men Wednesday night at a family store he was tending in Calbayog city in Samar province, police and officials said Thursday.
The suspects escaped and a police investigation is underway to identify them and a motive for the attack.
Media watchdog groups condemned the killing, including Malabanan’s colleagues in Pampanga, a province north of Manila where he was based and worked for years as a news correspondent and as a stringer for Reuters.
A media protection body created by President Rodrigo Duterte strongly condemned the killing and vowed to arrest the killers. But Duterte himself has long been in the crosshairs of media watchdogs and human rights groups, which have repeatedly condemned him for fostering impunity among the police forces that have enforced his crackdown against illegal drugs and left thousands of mostly petty suspects dead.
Dozens of journalists have been killed or come under attack under Duterte and his predecessors. In 2009, members of a powerful political clan and their associates gunned down 58 people, including 32 media workers, in a brazen execution-style attack in southern Maguindanao province that horrified the world.
While the mass killing was later linked to a violent electoral rivalry common in many rural areas, it also showcased the threats faced by journalists in the Philippines. A surfeit of unlicensed guns and private armies controlled by powerful clans and weak law enforcement in rural regions are among the security concerns journalists face in the poverty-stricken Southeast Asian country.
Thirty-two of those gunned down in Maguindanao’s Ampatuan town were local reporters and media workers. It was the deadliest single attack on journalists in recent history, media watchdogs say.
A Philippine court found key members of the Ampatuan family guilty of the mass killings in 2019 but many more suspects remain at large.


Palestinian activists call for boycott of Amira film

Palestinian activists call for boycott of Amira film
Updated 09 December 2021

Palestinian activists call for boycott of Amira film

Palestinian activists call for boycott of Amira film
  • Critics have argued that the movie feeds into Israel’s narrative and discounts the suffering of Palestinians and their struggles

DUBAI: Palestinian activists have launched an online campaign calling for the boycott of a film titled Amira, selected as the Jordanian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards for mocking Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Using the hashtag #Pull_Out_Amira and Palestinian and pro-Palestine advocates have called on supporters to boycott the film, arguing that it whitewashes Israeli crimes.

Amira, Arabic for princess, follows the life of a 17-year-old Palestinian, who was conceived with the smuggled sperm of her father who is serving a life sentence in an Israeli jail.

After her father fails to conceive another child, it is discovered that he is infertile and that Amira’s biological father is actually an Israeli officer.

Critics have argued that this feeds into Israel’s narrative and discounts the suffering of Palestinians and their struggles.