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International Federation of Journalists condemns violent assault on Bahrain editor

August 26, 2010
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International Federation of Journalists condemns violent assault on Bahrain editor

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Thursday condemned the violent assault on Muhannad Abu Zeitoun, managing editor of Al Watan newspaper by two unidentified men. “We are deeply shocked by this vicious assault and possible assassination attempt against a leading Bahraini journalist,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “The authorities must do everything...
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Kuwait denies reports it allowed in Israeli journalist

August 26, 2010
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Kuwait’s interior ministry denied reports that an Israeli journalist had visited the country. “No Israeli passport holder has been allowed into Kuwait,” Shaikh Jaber Al Khalid told reporters following a meeting with the parliamentarian committee of interior and defense affairs. “I have explained this to committee and its members understand the issue,” he said,...
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Kuwait moving to break up information ministry

August 26, 2010
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Kuwait’s government is mulling breaking up its information ministry, a local newspaper has said. “Both the government and the parliament are now convinced that the ministry should be dismantled after it has become overloaded with tasks,” a parliamentary source told Al Anba daily. “The ministry’s laws and regulations have failed to match the current...
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Qatar allocated $2 billion in aid to poor countries

August 26, 2010
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Qatar had allocated $2 billion in aid to poor countries through various global organisations between 2005 and 2009, a senior official said. The assistance has played a key role in the country’s foreign policy and international cooperation, Dr Hassan Al Mohannadi, vice-chairman of the population panel, said as Qatari officials discussed the 2010 report...
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Journalists’ association condemns attack on editor

August 25, 2010
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Bahrain Journalists Association (BJA) has condemned an assault on the editor of a local daily as a “despicable act that would not allow terrorism to prevail over reason.” Muhannad Abu Zeitoun was attacked by two assailants as he was leaving Al Watan newspaper in the East Riffa area, south of Manama at around 3...
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Bahrain’s crown prince says dialogue to resolve crisis should be through constitutional channels

August 25, 2010
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Bahrain’s crown prince said that any dialogue to resolve the current crisis in his country should be through constitutional and legal channels. “The preconditions are that all parties must accept a constitutional solution to the crisis and that no-one is above the rule of law,” Shaikh Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa said. “The dialogue...
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Bahrain arrests suspect in 10-year old suitcase murder case

August 25, 2010
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Bahrain’s interior ministry on Wednesday said that it had arrested a Lebanese man in connection with the murder of a Canadian woman in 1999. The body of the Moroccan-born woman was stuffed inside a suitcase in London’s Heathrow Airport, a spokesman for the ministry said. “The man, Yusuf Ahmad Msallam Wahid, was arrested following...
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Doctors find 23 nails in the body of a tortured domestic helper

August 25, 2010
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Doctors in Sri Lanka have found 23 nails in the body of a tortured domestic helper who returned to Colombo from Riyadh, a Saudi paper reported. “We have received this complaint from the Foreign Ministry in Colombo, who said the maid has been allegedly tortured by her sponsor,” a senior diplomat from the Sri...
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Kuwait municipality bans local retailers from storing imported foodstuffs

August 25, 2010
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Kuwait Municipality has banned local retailers from storing imported foodstuffs and other goods in their own firms’ warehouses. Under new instructions, all imported goods must henceforth be stored at the customs department’s warehouses until the results of mandatory health and safety tests are known. The move aims to prevent foodstuffs unfit for human consumption...
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Tension looms for lawmakers when parliament resumes in Kuwait

August 25, 2010
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Tensions could rise in Kuwait when parliament resumes follwoing the summer recess after several lawmakers said that they were getting ready to discuss several sensitive issues, local media reported. However, the cabinet is reportedly exerting extraordinary efforts to finalize work on these particular issues before the start of the term in order to avert...
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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Career
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
Education
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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