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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27 April 2018

Telcos must disclose more data about internet shutdowns, say civil society groups

New research shows that the world's largest telecommunications companies disclose little to no information about their network shutdown policies and practices.

30 March 2018

Tunisian MPs Propose Legislation Criminalising ‘Cyber Defamation’

"This bill is the result of a repressive mindset restrictive of freedoms, reflecting a nostalgia for the dictatorship era".

22 February 2018

Tunisian Security Forces Target Journalists Covering Anti-Austerity Protests

The press in Tunisia is "too free," Tunisian president Essebsi said at a joint press conference with French president Macron on 31 January.

3 January 2018

Caught in Conflict, Internet Users in Yemen Face Blocking, Shutdowns and Slow Speed

Authorities in Yemen have a long history of imposing restrictions on freedom of expression and the right to access information.

17 November 2017

Jordanian Cartoonist Goes to Trial For Drawing Jesus

The cartoon commented on the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, which sold church property to Israeli settler groups to pay off church debt.

2 November 2017

Moroccan Journalists Keep Fighting to Cover the Hirak Movement, Despite State Intimidation

Journalists reporting on the Hirak protests are facing a myriad of restrictions.

12 October 2017

In Algeria, Two Imprisoned Bloggers Go on Hunger Strike

Freedom of expression and press freedom are under attack in Algeria.

5 October 2017

A Yemeni Political Analyst Has Been Held By Houthi Rebels Since August, With No Explanation

Hisham Al-Omeisy is a crucial voice on the ongoing war in Yemen, and its humanitarian cost.

22 September 2017

Saudi Arabia Eases Restrictions on Messaging Apps, But WhatsApp and Viber Are Still Blocked

Since 2013, the Saudi government has partially or fully blocked chat and call applications including WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger and FaceTime.

20 September 2017

Sentenced to One Year in Prison for ‘Inciting Protest,’ a Moroccan Journalist Goes on Hunger Strike

Several journalists have been arrested by Moroccan authorities over their coverage of the unrest in the Rif region.