Stories about Middle East & North Africa

12 July 2016

Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook, A Computer Engineer Awaits His Appeal Verdict

Political prisoners in Iran are routinely singled out for harsh treatment, which often includes denial of medical care.

16 June 2016

World Refugee Day: Fear of Arrest Drives Journalists Into Exile

"I was paralyzed by the idea of exile. This is the first time I had decided to flee the country without knowing exactly when I would return."

23 May 2016

The Iranian State Versus Kim Kardashian

The story is so absurd that it seems funny, at first glance. But the Iranian state's problems with Kim Kardashian are no laughing matter.

9 May 2016

Iranian Blogger Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki Freed on Bail

"With every departure there is a return. Even when weak and ill we must stand and smile. We must go on..." writes Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki.

4 May 2016

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani Goes Free on World Press Freedom Day

On May 3, just in time for World Press Freedom Day, Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani was released from Evin Prison.

27 April 2016

Imprisoned Iranian Cartoonist Hadi Heidari Goes Free

"By the grace of God, I was released from Evin Prison tonight after serving time. Thank you all for the kindness," Hadi Heidari wrote on Instagram.

26 April 2016

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani's Prison Sentence Reduced From 12 Years to 18 Months

"To my cartooning colleagues around the world: let's keep watching and speaking out for Atena Farghadani."

15 April 2016

#FreeShawkan: After 900 Days in Jail, Egyptian Photographer Finally Faces Trial

"I look around and I am left with the reality of four ugly windowless walls and a never ending dream of freedom."

11 April 2016

Iranian Blogger Struggles for Health and Freedom After 18 Days on Hunger Strike

Anti-censorship activist and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been on hunger strike since March 26, and his health is deteriorating rapidly.

7 April 2016

Netizen Report: US-Iran Tensions Rise Over Cyber Conflict, Human Rights

Death toll rises yet again for secular Bangladeshis, China scrubs #PanamaPapers from the Web and Egypt exploits two-step verification to target activists' online accounts.

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