Radio Documentary: Community Radio in the Middle East and North Africa

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CKUT’s Anna Marchese spoke with several members of the community radio movement in the Middle East and North Africa on various issues from state barriers, to the granting of FM licenses, to journalistic freedom and the future of community radio. She interviewed Francisco Diasio, the Secretary General of AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) on HAICA‘s (Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication) decision to grant Tunisia new FM licenses. CKUT then spoke to Ahmed Samih, founder of Radio Horytna, about the current radio landscape in Egypt. Finally, Anna interviewed award-winning Palestinian journalist and media activist Daoud Kuttab, founder of Amman Net, the Arab world’s first internet radio station. Mr. Kuttab discussed community radio more generally, and its role in a Post-Arab spring era. This documentary was produced by Anna Marchese and Aaron Lakoff.

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Egyptian coalition decries delay in verdict of Mohamed Fahmy retrial

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An Egyptian court has recently postponed the verdict to the retrial of the Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and of his two Al Jazeera colleagues, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, to August 29. In December 2013,Fahmy, Greste, and Mohamed  were arrested and charged with allegedly being involved with the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization under the Egyptian military dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. In June 2014, all three were convicted and sentenced to prison in Egypt, a common practice against journalists and political opponents of the Sisi regime. They have since been retried.

CKUT’s Emma Noradounkian brings you a report with a member of the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD), Mohamed Kamel, who shared his thoughts on the future of these journalists and of that of Egypt as a whole under Sisi. The interview was conducted in French.

Demonstration in Montreal to protest against executions in Egypt

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On Friday, the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy  held a demonstration  to protest against what they see as increasing injustices in Egypt.

Mohammed Morsi, the former Egyptian President, was sentenced to death on May 16th for  allegedly escaping prison during the 2011 uprising that toppled Morsi’s predecessor, Hosni Mubarak. He fell from power in 2013 after massive popular protests.

Participants at the demonstration in Montreal were flying egyptian flags and singing for peace and justice in their country of origin.

CKUT’s Antoine Cadaux was there to bring us this story.

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Min Fami book launch

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The voices of Arab feminists have come together in an anthology packed with insights on the themes of home & homeland, exile, feminism, borders, gender and sexual identity, solidarity, language, creative resistance, and colonization.

Leila Lemghalef from the CKUT News Collective attended an intimate book launch recently held in Montreal.

We’re about to listen to a snapshot of presentations from the mouths of contributors themselves, followed by a discussion on some salient themes. We are going to hear the voices of Ghada Chehade, Nayrouz Abu Hatoum, Maha Zimmo followed by remarks by coeditors, Ghaida Moussa, Ghadeer Malek as well as a broad exchange of ideas.

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Khaled Al-Qazzaz detained in Egypt for almost a year

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Canadian permanent resident Khaled Al Qazzaz has been illegally detained in Cairo, Egypt, since last year’s political upheaval on July 3rd. He is currently held in solitary confinement at Tora prison, one of the country’s most notorious jails. His Canadian born wife Sarah Attia stayed in Egypt until March, but has come back to Canada hoping to get help from the government in her husband’s case. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Sarah to find out more about Khaled’s situation and how much help she is getting from Canada.

“Egypt’s elections won’t change anything”

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CKUT sat down with Ehab Lotayef from the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy to discuss the recent mass death sentences pronounced against accused Muslim Brotherhood supporters, and the upcoming presidential elections in Egypt.

Samaa Elibyari talks about Mr Baird’s visit to Egypt and upcoming elections

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Recently, the foreign affairs minister John Baird visited Egypt, and before this visit, organizations such as the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, as well as Amnesty International expressed concerns in open statements and letters adressed to Mr Baird. Talks with the so-called Egyptian “Interim government”
that resulted from last year’s military coup could be constructed as an endorsment of the human rights violations that have occured over the past few months in Egypt. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Samaa Elibyari, a member of the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy, and also the former host of CKUT’s Arab and Muslim affairs show Caravan.