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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (2...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
19 Apr 2013

Every Friday morning at 5 am, the drawer Ahmad Jalal starts to draw a caricature which will be shown the same day during the weekly demonstration. He finds his inspiration at the last moment, depending on the last week events. Here he is drawing Hamlet, famous character of a Shakespeare theatre play, in order to transform the mythic sentence « to be or not to be » into « to be or to be ». Syria must keep living.

Chaque vendredi matin à 5h, le dessinateur Ahmad Jalal commence à dessiner la caricature qui sera brandie le même jour durant la manifestation hebdomadaire. Il trouve son inspiration au dernier moment en fonction des événements de la semaine. Ici il dessine Hamlet, célèbre personnage d'une pièce de théâtre de Shakespeare, afin de détourner sa phrase culte « to be or not to be » en « to be or to be ». La Syrie doit continuer à vivre.

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The Choice of Democracy, Kafranbel
Kafranbel, Syria
By Mais Istanbuli
14 Apr 2013

Every week, Ahmad Jalal, a young dentist in the city of Kafranabel, Syria makes controversial drawings about the Syrian regime, its allies, and the international community. Each drawing is a protest against the international community's declarations about Syria, or a denunciation of human rights abuses committed by the Syrian regime. Every week a banner is also made and echos the messages found in the drawings.

Unknown before the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011, Kafranbel is a small city that has become an icon of the Syrian uprising. Located in the Idlib region of North-Western Syria, in a zone controlled by the Free Syrian Army's Knights of the law brigade, this small city is now becoming known for its caricatures and banners.

The text on the caricatures and banners of Kafranabel is written in English in order to "reach the international public opinion more that the governments, as [the governments] have never done something for us since the beginning of the revolution", Ahmad Jalal says. Ahmad Jalal also tries to use the caricatures as a way to promote Syrian unity. Some drawings and messages have been dedicated, for instance, to Qamishli, a predominantly Kurdish city in the north-east of the country which is under the control of the PYD, a Kurdish independence party. After two years of revolution and war, Kafranbel is trying to lead the fight against sectarianism and is fast becoming a model for the rest of the Syrian population opposed to the regime, but keeping hope for a unified Syria.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (7...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.

Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (6...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.
Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (5...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.
Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafr Nabel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (4...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.
Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (3...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.
Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (2...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.
Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (1...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

In front of the Kafranbelmedia center, caricatures of the drawer Ahmad Jalal which are brandished during the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.

Devant le centre des medias, les caricatures du dessinateur Ahmad Jalal brandies durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (1...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

Demonstrators are showing a drawing of Imane, a young caricaturist woman from Kafranbel.

Les manifestants montrent un dessin d'Iman, jeune femme caricaturiste de Kafranbel.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (2...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

Demonstrators hold the banner which message is: « Nobody can kill our dream of that this nation under god shall have a new birth of freedom ». Some of them also hold Syrian revolution flags.

Les manifestants tiennent la banderole où il est inscrit « Personne ne peut tuer nos rêves, avec la volonté de Dieu, que la liberté renaisse dans cette nation ». Certains d'entre eux tiennent des drapeaux à l'effigie de la révolution syrienne.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (1...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

Kafranbel inhabitants sing « Kafranbel won't die, Syria is united ». The media activist Mohammad launches into slogans that demonstrators sing along all together.

Les habitants de Kafranbel, chantent « Kafranbel ne mourra pas, la Syrie est unie ». Mohammad activiste média entonne les slogans que les manifestants reprennent en cœur.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (1...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

About one hundred Kafr Nabel inhabitants are participating to the Friday demonstration. They hold slogans written in arabic and english as well as caricatures. Kafranbel has become famous in Syria thanks for its mobilization and creativity. Shared on Facebook, caricatures and slogans are followed by Syrians who live inside the country as outside.

Une centaine d'habitants de Kafranbel, participent à la manifestation du vendredi. Ils brandissent des slogans en arabe et en anglais ainsi que des caricatures. Kafer Nabel est devenu célèbre en Syrie pour sa mobilisation et sa créativité. Partagés sur Facebook, les caricatures et les slogans sont très suivis par les syriens de l'intérieur comme de l'extérieur.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (1...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

Five hours of work later, the drawing is ready to be exposed by the demonstrators for the Friday weekly meeting. The caricature of the day represents Hamlet, the famous character of a Shakespeare theatre play. Ahmad Jalal has transformed the Hamlet mythic sentence « to be or not to be » into « to be or to be ». The character holds in his hand an Egyptian cross which symbolizes life. It is painted with the colours of the Syrian revolution. According to Ahmad Jalal, « Syria must keep living ».

Après cinq heures de travail, le dessin est prêt à être exposé par les manifestants pour le rassemblement hebdomadaire du vendredi. La caricature du jour représente Hamlet, célèbre personnage d'une pièce de théâtre de Shakespeare. Il a détourné la phrase culte de Hamlet « to be or not to be » en « to be or to be ». Il tient dans sa main, une croix égyptienne, symbole de la vie peinte aux couleurs de la révolution syrienne. Pour Ahmad Jalal « La Syrie doit continuer à vivre. »

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (2...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

The activists of the Kafranbel media center office surround the caricaturist Ahmad Jalal in order to advice and give their opinion about his draw.

Les activistes du bureau des médias de Kafranbel entourent le caricaturiste Ahmad Jalal, pour le conseiller et donner leur avis sur son dessin.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (1...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

Ahmad Jalal also finds his inspiration on the Internet where he finds models. Here an Egyptian cross which symbolizes life. The famous character of a Shakespeare theatre play Hamlet will hold it.

Ahmad Jalal s'inspire également de modèles trouvés sur internet. Ici une croix égyptienne symbolisant la vie que tiendra Hamlet, célèbre personnage de Shakespeare.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (1...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

Ahmad Jalal is coloring his caricature. He draws the life cross hold by Hamlet with the colours of the Syrian revolution flag.

Ahmad Jalal colore sa caricature. Il a dessiné la croix de la vie tenue par Hamlet aux couleurs du drapeau de la révolution syrienne.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (1...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

Paintings and pencils used by the caricaturist Ahmad Jalal are brought from Turkey by the activists because of the Syrian products shortage. Kafranbel is located at sixty kilometers from the Bab el-Hawa Turkish frontier post. Syrian people are numerous to pass through it.

Les peintures et les crayons utilisés par le caricaturiste Ahmad Jalal sont amenés de Turquie par les activistes en raison de la pénurie de produits syriens. Kafranbel est située à soixante kilomètres du poste-frontière turc de Bab el-Hawa par lequel les Syriens sont nombreux à transiter.

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Kafranbel, the choice of democracy (2...
Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

Every Thursday night, the Kafranbel head of media office Raed Fares writes the banner which will be shown during the Friday demonstration. Located in the Idleb province Kafranbel became famous for its slogans. The message is always written in English. According to Raed « It is important that the world knows what we are enduring ».

Chaque jeudi soir, Raed Farès, responsable du bureau des médias de Kafranbel prépare une bannière qui sera déployée le vendredi lors de la manifestation. Petite ville de la province d'Idleb, Kafranbel est devenue célèbre pour ses slogans. Le message est toujours rédigé en anglais. Selon Raed « Il est important que le monde sache ce que l'on endure ».

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Egypt's Head Prosecutor Bans Internet...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
10 Nov 2012

STORYLINE:

Most Egyptians approved of the recent decision of Egypt’s General Prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud to order government authorities to block any "corrupt or corrupting" pornographic images or scenes inconsistent with the values and traditions of the Egyptian people, and the higher interests of the state.

An official in the prosecutor's office said the order followed a protest by Salafists, who have launched a campaign called "Pure Net" with the goal of prohibiting pornographic websites.

The campaign is backed by several prominent Salafist preachers as it calls for the prohibition of adult websites in Egypt on grounds that such sites violate Egyptian customs and values.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Coordinator of “Pure Net Campaign, Cairo University”, Mohamed Hossam:
“The Campaign of pure Net is a youth plan to ban the porn sites. It seeks to ban all porn sites to preserve Egyptian behavior as east community which rejects the presence of this phenomenon inside the community.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Software Engineer for Web Applications, Ahmed Abu-Baker:
“The banning of porn sites is available for any country, and any government can do that as well by blocking the actual host of the websites or even by blocking the website itself within the IP.”

Mahmoud sent official letters to the Communications and Information Technology Minister, the Interior Minister and the head of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority on Wednesday, November 7, ordering them to block pornographic websites.

He wrote that such websites show images that are contrary to the values and traditions of Egyptian society and the national interest according to the statements of his spokesperson Adel al-Saeed.

Most Egyptians support the decision to ban porn sites, highlighting the fact that Egyptian society is conservative by nature and the decision will serve to preserve Egypt's social norms and values.

SOUDNBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen, Khaled:
“I think that the decision of the General-Prosecutor to block the porn sites is very good decision because a big category of the Egyptian society use the internet so it is illogical to let all the sites available for all the people particularly the porn sites.”

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) - Egyptian citizen, Mohamed Ibrahim:
“Actually it is a very good decision because it is illogical that I have internet at my home and my young child enters on it and goes to such porn sites to see inconsistent scenes so I see it is a very good decision.”

Meanwhile on the part of liberal critics, the decision was met by uproar and concern about the possible impact such legislation might have on the freedom of expression.

They believe that the general ban may pave the way for more Internet regulations to come.

In May 2009, Egypt's High Administrative Court declared a ban on pornographic websites. The move was based on a lawsuit filed by Islamist lawyer Nezar Ghourab.

The court said such websites help spread vice, which destroys traditions, beliefs and morals, and therefore the country’s interests as well as social and national security.

Story: Most Egyptians Approve of Prosecutor’s Order to Ban Porn Websites
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 9, 2012 and Archive
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 10, 2012
Length: 0:02:07
Video Size: 104 MB
Language:
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Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Various external shots of Egypt’s Supreme Courthouse
2- Medium shot of the Egyptian flag on the top of the headquarters of the Supreme Courthouse
3- Medium shot of Prosecutor-General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud speaking during a meeting (Archive October 14 )
4- Medium shot, the attendees during the meeting (Archive October 14 )
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Coordinator of “Pure Net Campaign, Cairo University”, Mohamed Hossam:
“The Campaign of pure Net is a youth plan to ban the porn sites. It seeks to ban all the porn sites to preserve the Egyptian behavior as east community which rejects the presence of this phenomenon inside the community” 6- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Software Engineer for Web Applications, Ahmed Abu-Baker:
“The banning of porn sites is available for any country and any government can do that as well by blocking the actual host of the websites or even by blocking the website itself within the IP.” Various shots of Egyptians searching the internet
7- Wide shot of Traffic movement at one of Cairo streets
8- SOUDNBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen, Khaled:
“I think that the decision of the General-Prosecutor to block the porn sites is very good decision because a big category of the Egyptian society use the internet so it is illogical to let all the sites available for all the people particularly the porn sites.” 9- SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) - Egyptian citizen, Mohamed Ibrahim:
“Actually it is a very good decision because it is illogical that I have internet at my home and my young child enters on it and goes to such porn sites to see inconsistent scenes so I see it is a very good decision.” 10- Various shots of Egyptians searching on the internet
11- wide shot of traffic movement at one of Cairo streets
12- Wide shot of youth sitting on the internet at internet café
13- Wide overview shot of the Nile River in Cairo

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Egyptian Man's Trial For Posting Vide...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
17 Oct 2012

On Wednesday, October 17, Cairo courts adjourned the trial of Alvert Saber, an Egyptian Copt accused of blasphemy for posting clips of the anti-Islam video on the Internet, to the session of November 14.

Saber, who denied he posted such clips, is not only accused of insulting Islam, but Christianity too.

Saber’s mother said that the police broke into their apartment illegally while she wasn’t here.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hamdy al-Asiouty, member of Saber’s defense staff
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Kariman, Alber Saber’s mother

The defense staff of the young man said that their client said he was persecuted in custody by one of the prisoners under orders of a police officer.

The prosecution investigations revealed that the defendant used Islam and Christianity to promote his extreme thoughts on the Internet, mocking God and his prophets and calling for atheism.

A number of human rights activists and supporters call for the release of Saber as he has been practicing his freedom of expression.

Story: Trial of Egyptian Copt for Posting Anti-Islam Video Adjourned to Nov 14
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 17, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 17, 2012
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Medium external shot of the court in Cairo
2. Various shots of Kariman, Alber Saber’s mother, outside the court
3. Pan left, Saber’s mother entering the court
4. Various shots of crowds of people and reporters at the corridor inside the court, waiting to see Saber while being taken out of the courtroom
5. Pan left, Saber being moved from the courtroom to another room amid tight security and throngs of people and reporters
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hamdy al-Asiouty, member of Saber’s defense staff
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Kariman, Alber Saber’s mother
8. Medium shot, crowds of reporters and cameramen in a corridor at the court
9. Long shot, crowds of people, reporters and cameramen and Saber’s mother trying to enter the room he was taken to
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11. Various shots of Saber’s mother coming out of the court, speaking on the cell phone
12. Wide external shot of the court

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Change the system
Amman, Jordan
By MattKauffman
21 Sep 2012

Protesters displayed signs and shouted slogans on a variety of subjects, from what they said was an increasing crackdown on freedom of expression to championing causes like free healthcare and free education

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West Bank Barrier (10 of 11)
West Bank, Israel
By Osie Greenway
13 Aug 2012

The Israeli West Bank barrier is a security and separation barrier under construction by the State of Israel along and within the West Bank. This mural on a wall close to the barrier is a piece by the English street artist Banksy, depicting a Palestinian child searching an israeli soldier. His work and this piece is known worldwide and has become a tourist attraction in Bethlehem.

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West Bank Barrier (11 of 11)
West Bank, Israel
By Osie Greenway
13 Aug 2012

The Israeli West Bank barrier is a security and separation barrier under construction by the State of Israel along and within the West Bank. Upon completion, the barrier’s total length will be approximately 700 kilometers. The barrier also known as "Davids Wall" is 20ft high and the walls have become a form of artistic expression and anti occupation murals made by artist from around the world.

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West Bank Barrier (9 of 11)
West Bank, Israel
By Osie Greenway
01 Aug 2012

The Israeli West Bank barrier is a security and separation barrier under construction by the State of Israel along and within the West Bank. Upon completion, the barrier’s total length will be approximately 700 kilometers. The barrier also known as "Davids Wall" is 20ft high and the walls have become a form of artistic expression and anti occupation murals made by artist from around the world.

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West Bank Barrier (6 of 11)
West Bank, Israel
By Osie Greenway
01 Aug 2012

The Israeli West Bank barrier is a security and separation barrier under construction by the State of Israel along and within the West Bank. Upon completion, the barrier’s total length will be approximately 700 kilometers. The barrier also known as "Davids Wall" is 20ft high and the walls have become a form of artistic expression and anti occupation murals made by artist from around the world.