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Disposing of Copies of the Koran (al-Muṣḥaf = الـمـصـحـف)

Handling and disposal of sacred texts or other religious items can be a problematic issue for the ‘layperson’ (and sometimes a matter of life and death if the text is ‘desecrated’!). In the Muslim tradition, the Koran (Quran) is considered the literal and sacred word of God, the direct link to the divine, the source […]

Tunisian Journalists Arrested on Morality Charges

♣ Three Tunisian Journalists Arrested [Trois journalistes arrêtés] On 15 February, 2012,  Tunisian authorities arrested the owner and publisher of  the newspaper Attounsia, as well as one of its editors and a reporter, for “violating public morals,” after the publishing on its front page a photo one of a sports figure with a nude woman. […]

Google Maps & The Syrian Uprising

In recent weeks, anti-government Syrian activists used Map Maker, a Google crowdsourcing program, to rename key streets, bridges and boulevards after  revolutionary symbols and heroes. Full report at Published by The Washington Post: February 14, 2012: On Google, Syrians map defiance Activists use crowdsourcing software to replace Assad regime’s street names with their own ***

Libya’s Post-Revolution Press Boom

Despite scant funding and a lack of publishing expertise in the country,  media outlets in Libya  witness an unprecedented boom sparked by the  revolution. Before the revolution, the press was tightly controlled. In its 2010 press freedom index, Reporters Without Borders put Libya at 160th position out of 178 states. The media landscape, which has long […]

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