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.

Email Afef Abrougui

Latest posts by Afef Abrougui

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.

1 March 2017

Tunisian Government Pledges to Loosen Restriction on Civil Servants Speaking to Media

The government suspended guidelines that forbid civil servants from speaking to the press without permission from their superiors.

10 February 2017

Is Tunisia Rolling Back Freedom of Information?

In 2016, Tunisia introduced a law on access to information, but its implementation by the government remains limited.

7 February 2017

‘Why Are We Still Doing This?': Iraq Shuts Down Internet to Prevent Exam Cheating—Again

Internet outages to prevent exam cheating have now become common in Iraq.

3 February 2017

After Waiting More Than a Year, Jordanian Journalist Appears Before UAE Court

Journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar is on trial in the UAE over 2014 Facebook posts deemed offensive to the Emirati state.

31 January 2017

Algerian Blogger Merzoug Touati Could Face 25 Years in Jail for Interviewing an Israeli Official on YouTube

The interview focuses on Algerian government accusations that foreign powers stoked protests against austerity measures in the country. Blogger Merzoug Touati is charged with "exchanging intelligence with a foreign power."

29 January 2017

Originally Sentenced to Death, a Blogger Goes Before Mauritania's Supreme Court

In 2014, Ould Mkhaitir was arrested and convicted of "apostasy" over an opinion article in which he addressed Mauritania's discriminatory caste system.

22 January 2017

Health of Detained UAE Academic Nasser Bin Ghaith at Risk, Rights Groups Say

Bin Ghaith was held incommunicado for nine months over and deprived of adequate food and clothing. Supporters are now concerned for his health.

19 January 2017

Bahrain Intensifies Media Crackdown Ahead of Protest Anniversary

On 16 January, the government banned the online edition of the country’s only independent newspaper al-Wasat, from "using electronic media tools".

Support our work defending online freedom of expression around the world.

justice+matters

Learn why our work is important »

Donate now

Close