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Isis burns thousands of books and rare manuscripts from Mosul’s libraries

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Isis militants have reportedly ransacked Mosul library, burning over a hundred thousand rare manuscripts and documents spanning centuries of human learning.

Initial reports said approximately 8,000 books were destroyed by the extremist group.

However, AL RAI’s chief international correspondent Elijah J. Magnier told The Independent that a Mosul library official believes as many as 112, 709 manuscripts and books, some of which were registered on a UNESCO rarities list, are among those lost.

Mosul Public Library’s director Ghanim al-Ta’an said Isis militants then demolished the building using explosive devices.

“People tried to prevent the terrorist group elements from burning the library, but failed,” a local source told IraqiNews.com.

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ISIS Burns Mosul Library, Destroying over 8,000 Historic Books

 

Retrial of two jailed Al Jazeera journalists to begin this week

Monday, February 9th, 2015

This is a follow-up to NDLA IF Blog posting: Peter Greste: Al-Jazeera journalist freed by Egypt

The Irish Times

Published: Feb 8, 2015

The retrial of two Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt will start on Thursday.

Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were sentenced to seven and 10 years in jail respectively last year on charges including spreading lies to help a terrorist organisation – a reference to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

A third Al Jazeera reporter, Australian national Peter Greste, was sentenced alongside them, but was unexpectedly freed and deported last Sunday.

Egypt’s high court ordered a retrial of all three journalists last month.

Under a decree issued last November, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has the power to approve the deportation of foreign prisoners. Following Greste’s release, Egyptian security officials said that Fahmy, who held joint Egyptian-Canadian nationality, might soon be deported.

Baher Mohamed is Egyptian and holds no foreign nationality, making his case more difficult to resolve.

Egyptian authorities accuse Al Jazeera of being a mouthpiece of the Brotherhood, the movement the army deposed in 2013. Al Jazeera denies the claim. – (Reuters)

Full Article: Retrial of two jailed Al Jazeera journalists to begin this week 

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Al-Qaradawi and Sayyid Qutb books banned

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Ahmed Megahed, director of the General Egyptian Book Organisation, confirmed that Dar El-Shorouk withdrew the books from its wing.
World Bulletin / News Desk

The confiscated books of the Qatar-based Muslim cleric Youssef Al-Qaradawi from the Cairo International Book Fair that started Wednesday, 28 January, saying they were removed by the publisher, The publisher removed the books due to “disapproval and dismay”.

Ahmed Megahed, director of the General Egyptian Book Organisation, confirmed that Dar El-Shorouk withdrew the books from its wing. The ministry said that it “believes in freedom of expression and does not put any restrictions or censorship on which books are be displayed and which books are not. Thus it was not informed that these books will be displayed” and neither interferred to remove them. The ministry said that the only books that are subject to censorship are books that come from abroad, as “they fall under different rules that the ministry has no authority over.”

Dar El-Shorouk is the publisher of the works of Al-Qaradawi since many years. It also publishes the works of radical Islamist author and educator Sayyed Qutb, the former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who was executed in 1966.

El-Shorouk did not release any statement on the matter and could not be reached for comment.

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Peter Greste: Al-Jazeera journalist freed by Egypt

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been freed and deported from Egypt and flown to Cyprus, bringing an end to 400 days behind bars.

The Australian ex-BBC correspondent was arrested in December 2013 and tried on charges that included spreading false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood.

Two al-Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, remain jailed.

Reports said Mr Fahmy would be deported to Canada, but concern remains about Mr Mohamed, who holds no dual nationality.

Mr Fahmy, who holds dual Egyptian and Canadian citizenship, may be freed after having his Egyptian nationality revoked, presidential sources said.

All the defendants denied the charges against them and said their trial was a sham.

They were accused of collaborating with the banned Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013.

In their defense, the three men said they were simply reporting the news.

Read more here: Peter Greste: Al-Jazeera journalist freed by Egypt