Media Summary

Cameron backs democracy during Middle East tour

All papers today widely cover the developments in Libya as government forces violently cracked down on protesters across the country. Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi appeared briefly on state television to deny reports that he had fled the country to Venezuela. World leaders strongly condemned and spoke out against the violence used by Libyan security forces on the protesters. In other news, several papers note that UK Prime Minister David Cameron became the first Western leader to visit Egypt since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak. Cameron said that freedom and democracy are the best ways to bring peace and prosperity to the country. Reuters reports that Egypt’s public prosecutor have requested from its Foreign Ministry to freeze the foreign assets and accounts held by Hosni Mubarak and his family. Meanwhile, Sky News reports on breaking news this morning that the two Iranian naval ships destined for a port in Syria have entered the Suez Canal and are now heading towards the Mediterranean.

In the Israeli press, all papers lead with the latest developments and violent clashes by Libyans security forces on protesters in the streets. Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post note that the two Iranian naval ships have entered the Suez Canal this morning on their way to a port in Syria. Haaretz reports that the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee yesterday removed three building projects in East Jerusalem from the agenda saying that the time was not “ripe” for such building projects. All papers note that Knesset passed a bill that will require Israeli non-governmental organisations to report foreign contributors.