But this is not the end of the story. Good journalism must not be allowed to die. We must fight back, in the name of Tareq Ayyoub who was killed by US forces in Iraq in 2003, and Yaser Murtaja who was killed by Israeli snipers in Gaza in 2018, and thousands like them, who are either dead or spending tortuous years in Arab or Israeli prisons.
We cannot let fear control us or money compromise our values. Arab regimes have their own agenda -- the need to survive at any cost. The Israeli government has its own agenda silencing any Palestinian call for freedom. Rich Gulf States have their own agendas defending their political, economic and strategic interests. But who will stand for the agenda of the people, for their freedom, human rights, and ultimate liberation? If it is not us, then who?
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