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Two bloggers have been arrested for accusing local authorities of corruption in relation to aid distribution, while a journalist who criticized the health minister faced insults online.
Prominent blogger and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah has gone on a hunger strike to protest his unlawful detention, his family said.
Following outcry from human rights groups and citizens, a controversial bill that sought to criminalize the spread of ‘’fake news’’ online was quickly withdrawn.
More than a year since the start of Algeria's countrywide protests to demand political and economic reforms, the government continues to resort to repressive tactics to silence critics and journalists.
Morocco has a dire record of cracking down on freedom of expression, independent media and press freedom media.
Despite serving his three-year sentence in March 2017, al-Najjar remained in arbitrary detention.
Despite ending a 10-day internet shutdown, the government continues to restrict press freedom and freedom of expression as part of its post-election crackdown.
Ould Mkhaitir was prosecuted for writing an article in which he criticised the role of religion in Mauritania’s caste system.
Mansoor is serving ten years in jail after a court convicted him of publishing false information and rumours on social media.
Activists, who have recently been released from prison, only enjoy freedom from 6am to 6pm.
The movement triggered a backlash for independent journalists and people who wanted to document the protests and ensuing crackdown.
The public prosecution accuses the two bloggers of spreading what it deemed were "false" reports of corruption allegations against the Mauritanian President.
While the internet can provide a platform for marginalized voices, it can also facilitate their victimization.
#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abd El Fattah released after five years in prison
Alaa was a leading voice among Egyptian bloggers and technology activists in Cairo approaching and during the Egyptian Revolution.
Al-Najjar was arrested over tweets calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in the Emirates.
The bill prescribes lengthy prisons sentences, including life imprisonment, for speech-related offences.
The #FreeAlaa campaign reassured supporters that the delay is not a cause for concern for now.
Shawkan, who was working for Demotix at the time of his arrest, spent almost four years in pre-trial detention.
''Oppression is a comprehensive system, and [in our country] it is enabled by religion.''