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People's journalism under fire: Remembering Ali Mustafa

June 9, 2015
| A panel of the late photojournalist's peers discuss Ali Mustafa's life and work in Toronto.
Length: 57:14 minutes (65.5 MB)
| April 29, 2015
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Do Muslim women need saving?

"Do Muslim women need saving?" book jacket

Do Muslim women need saving? This is the question author Lila Abu-Lughod tries to answer in her book published by Harvard University Press in 2013.

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A merchant sells the prickly pears of the sabra plant in Morocco.
| April 12, 2015
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Safia Elhillo: Finding 'home' around the world

October 21, 2014
| The transnational spoken word artist discusses migration, Egypt and the Arab Spring, language borrowing, the myth of the tortured artist and the Wu-Tang Clan.
Length: 37:24 minutes (68.5 MB)

Egypt spurns foreign NGOs

Photo: flickr/Rami Raoof

In early August, Egypt made international headlines once again for excluding its critics when a Human Rights Watch (HRW) delegation was denied entry into the country.

HRW's executive director, Kenneth Roth, and Middle East and North Africa director, Sarah Leah Whitson arrived in Cairo on August 10 to attend a press conference where they were to present a report on the group's year-long investigation into the mass killings during the Raba'a dispersal in August of last year. The pair were held in the Cairo airport for 12 hours and then deported. It was the first time that HRW has ever been denied entry into the country.

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Egypt must release journalists and protect freedom of expression

The three journalists – Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, all considered by Amnesty International to be prisoners of conscience – were sentenced to seven years in jail. Baher Mohamed received a further three years on a separate charge of possessing a bullet shell. They have been detained since 29 December 2013.

Their crime? Reporting the news and challenging the “official version” presented by the authorities. Amnesty International believes they are prisoners of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.

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| July 2, 2014

Canadians imprisoned abroad: There are more of them than you think

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There's something about a Canadian passport that offers its owner a degree of confidence. After all, in the hierarchy of citizenships, Canada ranks near the top. A Canadian passport can get you into 170 countries without a visa.

But it can't get you out of jail; even if it's clear that you've been wrongfully accused.

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Why is the U.S. restoring military aid to Egypt?

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Egypt sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists this week to severe prison terms, in court proceedings that observers described as "farcical." Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were charged with fabricating news footage, and thus supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which was ousted from power in a military coup a year ago and labeled a terrorist organization.

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