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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

18 November 2015

Global Voices Community Stands With Moroccan Free Expression Advocates

The Global Voices community demands justice for seven free expression advocates who are facing trial in Morocco on charges of “threatening the internal security of the State.”

13 November 2015

#FreeBassel: Death Sentence Rumored for Syrian Web Developer

Rumors are circulating that imprisoned Syrian-Palestinian software engineer Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi, has been secretly sentenced to death by the Syrian government.

29 October 2015

Iranian Student Held Without Charge, Pressured to Make False Confession

"Judicial officials...should not arrest youths and pass heavy judgments against them every time they criticize. My son should be sitting in class and studying right now.”

27 October 2015

Free Alaa Campaign Takes Social Media by Storm on the First Anniversary of His Imprisonment

Alaa Abd El Fattah has spent a year behind bars for his activism. Netizens are calling for his freedom on the first anniversary of his imprisonment.

14 October 2015

Egyptian Facebook User Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Putting Mickey Mouse Ears on Sisi

Egyptian Facebook user Amr Nohan has been sentenced to three years in prison by a military court for adding Mickey Mouse ears to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's image.

9 October 2015

Rethinking Criticisms Levelled at Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace

In a follow up to the ICHRI piece, Small Media reacts to that report, with their own observations on the recent changes to Iran's Internet policy.

8 October 2015

Arrest and Prison Time for Journalists and Bloggers over Facebook Posts in Lebanon

Two Lebanese Facebook users found themselves sentenced to prison for posts they wrote on the social networking site.

Netizen Report: Is Egypt Blocking Voice Calls on WhatsApp and Skype?

Lebanon arrests two over Facebook posts, Venezuela blocks Bitcoin sites in crusade against foreign currency, and the EU takes 'Safe Harbor' away from US tech companies.

6 October 2015

Turkey Puts a Gun to the Media's Head in Lead-up to Elections

Information campaigns and physical intimidation that once targeted Kurdish and leftist media are now being aimed at major media outlets of all kinds.

5 October 2015

Fears for Imprisoned Syrian Bassel Khartabil, Transferred to an Unknown Location

Activists are calling upon the Syrian government to immediately release imprisoned Syrian-Palestinian blogger Bassel Khartabil (Safadi) after he was moved from his prison to an unknown location earlier today.