Labeling as 'dangerous' the violent escalation in the Gaza Strip between supporters of the Fatah and Hamas movements is an understatement, to say the least.
There is little disagreement on the indispensable role of the media in influencing political debate and narrative, thus shaping public discourse.
A few weeks ago I learned that a journalist who was one of my colleagues was kidnapped, then, five days later, released unharmed with his driver in Baghdad. I was shocked, then relieved. I somehow managed to find some humor in the not-so-humorous event. Prior to his Iraq trip, my colleague, a young British reporter, had asked me if he "could use my name" as a reference should he be kidnapped. Despite the fact that I was unsure how my name - little known in Arabic press that dominated Iraq - would be of any help, I agreed.