Stories about United Arab Emirates

13 January 2016

Two Arrested and then Released for Taking Selfies with Burning Dubai Hotel in the Background

Two men who posted their selfies on social media with Dubai's 63-storey The Address hotel on fire in the background were arrested -- and then released.

30 October 2014

Human Rights Activist Iyad El-Baghdadi Speaks Out on His Deportation from UAE

Iyad El-Baghdadi, who played a key role in social media activism around the Arab uprisings, was deported from the UAE April. Until last week, little was known of his fate.

13 October 2014

Will the Right to Be Forgotten Inspire Repressive Regimes to Expand Internet Censorship?

“These governments will take advantage from this directive. Powerful people will be able to hide disgraceful actions for their own e-reputation," says Tunisian Internet advocate Dhouha Ben Youssef.

10 December 2012

Human Rights Day in United Arab Emirates

While millions of people from all over the world are celebrating the International Human Rights Day activists in United Arab Emirates are not able to exercise their rights to freedom...

17 September 2012

Open Letter to Governments: Protect Human Rights at the ITU

This December in Dubai, the International Telecommunication Union—a UN agency—will decide whether it should have regulatory authority over the Internet. This move could pose grave risks to the exercise of...

12 September 2012

Protecting the Open Internet at the ITU: Civil Society Takes Action

This December in Dubai, the International Telecommunication Union—a UN agency—will decide whether it should have regulatory authority over the Internet. This move could pose grave risks to the exercise of...

27 July 2012

European Telco Proposal to ITU: A Threat to the Open Web?

A group of European telecommunications companies has made a proposal for global Internet regulation that could fundamentally alter the free flow of information online and undermine Internet neutrality. Parts of...

11 March 2012

UAE: Activist Arrested for his Tweets

With the birth of the Arab Spring, the United Arab Emirates’ authorities seem to be intimidated by any voice asking for reforms and change. The start was with the arbitrary...

6 February 2012

Kuwait: Ahmad Mansoor, a UAE blogger denied entry

Ahmad Mansoor, UAE's most famous blogger who was detained last year for several months with four other activists for signing an online petition calling for reforms in his country, was...

9 January 2012

2011: A Year of Triumphs and Struggle for Bloggers in the Middle East and North Africa

With all of the social media successes throughout the Middle East and North Africa in 2011, it would be all too easy to overlook the struggles faced by bloggers and...

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