Afef Abrougui

I am an editor and researcher covering the intersection of technology and human rights in the Arab region, with a focus on free speech and privacy rights. I hold a media studies MA from the University of Amsterdam, where I wrote my thesis on the implications of social media platforms’ content removal policies in compliance with local laws.

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Latest posts by Afef Abrougui

12 July 2017

Protesting Mistreatment in Prison, Emirati Activist Survives Six Weeks of Hunger Strike

Imran al-Radwan is serving a seven-year jail sentence for calling for reform in the UAE.

28 June 2017

Caught Between Saudi Coalition and Houthi Rebels, Yemeni Journalists Face Challenges on All Sides

Press freedom in Yemen is facing "eradication".

6 June 2017

Artists and Writers Celebrate the Work of Missing Syrian Developer Bassel Safadi

"I’ve lived all my life dreaming of Freedom, and Bassel taught me to embrace it. I feel overwhelmed when I mention his name."

25 May 2017

Iraqi Parliament Slammed for Bill Restricting Free Speech, Right to Protest

Instead of working to ensure stronger protections for freedoms, the Iraqi parliament is rather seeking to pass a repressive law.

8 May 2017

Tunisian Media Activist Interrogated Over Sources of Leaked Documents

Sami Ben Gharbia is a significant figure in independent media and digital human rights activism in Tunisia and the Arab region.

5 May 2017

Draft Law Would Require Egyptian Social Media Users to Register With Government

Users who do not register could face up to six months in jail and a fine.

27 April 2017

Jailed Emirati Academic Endures Hunger Strike to Protest Ten-Year Jail Sentence

"I have no choice but to go on hunger strike to restore my stolen freedom".

10 April 2017

Iraqi Journalists Face Threats From ISIS, Armed Militias and the State

"As the war intensifies, and the number of armed groups and their influence in Iraq grows, the pressure on Iraqi journalists will increase.”

21 March 2017

UAE Authorities Arrest One Rights Activist and Extend the Detention of Another

On 20 March police arrested human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor from his home. Meanwhile, UAE authorities have refused to release Osama al-Najjar, despite him having served out his prison sentence.

16 March 2017

UAE Court Sentences Jordanian Journalist Tayseer al-Najjar to Prison

UAE authorities took issue with a Facebook post that Tayseer al-Najjar published before he had even moved to the country.

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