The region that Global Parachute delineates as the Middle East includes the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Gaza Strip, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Yemen.
The state of media throughout the Middle East has not been a free flow of information and opportunity for journalists. The chaotic climate for journalists in the Middle East have come in the form of death -- notably two prominent photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros in April 2011 while covering the conflict in Libya -- injury, violence, prison, deportation, censorship and the economic climate faced by many news organizations that have downsized stripping resources and manpower on the ground.
On July 30, NATO warplanes attacked three television transmission towers in Libya. The goal apparently was to knock Libyan state television off the air because, NATO alleged, "it was being used as an integral component of the regime apparatus designed to systematically oppress and threaten civilians and to incite attacks against them." News reports in Iran continue to indicate that furloughed journalists are being summoned back to prison while new journalists continue to be convicted on manufactured charges. Reports of journalists' deteriorating physical and mental health are equally disturbing. Read more »