Al-Nahar [Archives:2003/671/Press Review]

September 25 2003

18 Sept. 2003
Main headlines:
– Shortest kidnapping incident of an Egyptian diplomat
– The conference in December, journalists warn against dangers contained in journalists law
– security measures affected tourism special characteristic
– Official source of RAY party: Ousting Hadramout organisation leadership taken by a person having no partisan legality
– Presidential decree on appointing university presidents
Columnist Abdulbari Tahir says in his article that human rights are facing a hard test because of the new international orientations of the American administration headed by Bush who is allied to the new rightists and also because of the American absolute bias to Sharon's crimes in Israel. For the first time in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict America supports fully political assassinations in Palestine in addition to other crimes of Israel.
The danger of certain ugly practices lies in their being issued by civilized centres that have traversed a long distance in stability of liberalism, respect of freedom of expression and press and representing an example of democratic systems such as Spain where the Arab journalist of al-Jazeera Taiyseer Alouni is now imprisoned. The tragedy of human rights in the Arab region is that they have been put between the hammer and anvil. They are facing despotism and internal suppression and also the world suppression from world centres such as America and Spain the arrest of Alouni won't pass peacefully but it indicates a serious indicator because it comes from democratic countries representing centres for democracy in the world.