The Media Line led over twenty years ago in pioneering the American independent news agency in the Middle East, arguably the first in the region. We have always stayed true to our mission: to provide you with contextual sourced and trustworthy news. In an age of fake news masquerading as journalism, The Media Line plays a crucial role in providing fact-based news that deserves your support.

We're proud of the dozens of young students we've trained in our Press and Policy Student Program who will form the vanguard of the next generation of journalists to the benefit of countless millions of news readers.

Look out for exciting new additions as we enter 2022.

We thank our loyal readers and wish you all the happiest of holidays.
The Media Line

Non-profit news needs public support.
Please support us with your generous contributions:
ICC Prosecutor Again Refuses to Open Probe into ‘Mavi Marmara’ Incident
Turkish ship Mavi Marmara arrives Sarayburnu port as people wave Turkish and Palestinian flags, on December 26, 2010. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)

ICC Prosecutor Again Refuses to Open Probe into ‘Mavi Marmara’ Incident

The lead prosecutor for the International Criminal Court at The Hague has for the third time in a decade refused to open a probe into an incident in which Israeli forces killed 10 Turkish citizens during clashes on a vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Fatou Bensouda’s office released a statement reiterating that the prosecutor would not “reconsider a case that she had repeatedly sought to close due to lack of gravity.” In May 2010, Israeli commandos were attacked while attempting to board the Mavi Marmara, leading to a melee that resulted in the deaths. The incident caused a major diplomatic rift between Jerusalem and Ankara that has seemingly intensified in the ensuing years. Israel was also near-uniformly condemned by countries and rights-groups alike. The Jewish state, in conjunction with Egypt, imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip in 2007 after an internecine war brought Hamas to power and led to the ouster from the enclave of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling Fatah faction. The ICC has been reviewing the case since 2013, when the island nation of Comoros, under whose flag the Mavi Marmara was sailing, submitted a claim. Since Bensouda’s initial decision to forego an investigation, the case has slowly made its way through an appeals process. Somewhat ironically, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh is currently meeting with mediators in Cairo in a bid to forge an elusive long-term cease-fire with Israel.

Did you know we’re celebrating our 20th Anniversary as the 1st American News Agency exclusively covering the Middle East?

  • The Middle East landscape is changing rapidly.
  • The roads in the region open to new possibilities.
  • The Media Line continues to pave the way to a far greater understanding of the region’s land, people, policies and governments through our trusted, fact-based news.

We’re an independent, ad-free, non-profit news agency and rely on friends like you!

Please make your gift today.
Thank you!

We paved the way to be the Trusted Mid East News you can rely on!

We’re an independent, ad-free, non-profit news agency and rely on friends like you!

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.