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

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.

14 September 2017

Keeping His Story Alive: The Creative Legacy of Bassel Khartabil

One month after his execution was confirmed, friends honour Bassel Khartabil through art, song and new opportunities for open technology innovators.

17 August 2017

In Tunisia's ‘State of Emergency’, a New Police Protection Law Could Allow More Abuse — With Impunity

Supported by the interior ministry and police unions, the bill is being criticized by human rights groups.

9 August 2017

Rights Group Website and Columnist's Blog Become Latest Targets of Egypt's Censorship Campaign

From May 24 to August 6, Egyptian authorities blocked 133 websites, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression.

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.