After the 2011 revolution and the ouster of the Gaddafi regime, the transitional government opted to abolish the main newspapers of the Gaddafi era and establish new ones. Private print publications, websites, television and radio stations began to emerge rapidly in this new era of media openness. However, the country’s subsequent civil war and ongoing conflicts have led to a chaotic media environment.
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The security situation in the Arab world’s most populous nation remains fragile. While the number of terrorist attacks has generally decreased in the capital Cairo and other major cities, according to Interior Ministry figures and statements made by al-Sisi in April 2016, the security situation is far from stable.
Since the 2011 revolution that toppled Egypt’s long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s economy has been in decline. A series of leaders after the uprising have failed to improve the economy, resulting in increased hardship for citizens, especially the poor majority. Despite Gulf allies pumping billions of US dollars into the ailing country’s economy, Egypt’s economy is still floundering.
The Syrian government’s optimistic narrative contradicts sharply with several negative indicators suggesting that the economy is worsening, and that it will not recover from the current crisis easily and any time soon. The war has robbed the country of its territorial integrity and economic unity, as the Syrian territory has been divided into smaller entities controlled by the various warring parties. Despite the economic decline in recent years, the Syrian economy has avoided total collapse.
Israel has always proudly described itself as the sole democracy in the Middle East. A strong pillar of a healthy democracy is freedom of the press. Yet members of the foreign media have been summoned to a Knesset hearing on the foreign press and put on the defense to explain an apparently skewed reality. Is the Israeli government clamping down on the press, both international and domestic?
“Et tu, Brute?” (“You too, Brutus?”) were purportedly the last words of the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, when he was assassinated with a knife by his friend Marcus Brutus. This famous quotation from one of the most infamous assassinations in history is often used for unexpected betrayals. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey didn’t use […]