Stories about Middle East & North Africa

30 April 2019

Jailed Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor's life is at risk, after six weeks on hunger strike

Mansoor was awarded the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2015. He has been jailed multiple times since 2011.

27 April 2019

Netizen Report: Saudi Arabian authorities arrest three bloggers and execute 37 prisoners, several of them protesters

Saudi Arabia's assault on free speech continues, Careem might be sharing your number with drivers, and the internet is still shutdown in Chad.

15 April 2019

Jailed UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor continues hunger strike

Mansoor is serving ten years in jail after a court convicted him of publishing false information and rumours on social media.

12 April 2019

Free by day, jailed by night: Egyptian activists speak out against conditional release

Activists, who have recently been released from prison, only enjoy freedom from 6am to 6pm.

8 April 2019

Morocco’s Hirak movement has gone quiet, but the crackdown on independent media continues

The movement triggered a backlash for independent journalists and people who wanted to document the protests and ensuing crackdown.

5 April 2019

Netizen Report: As water levels rise, Iran’s ban on messaging apps is slowing emergency relief for flood victims

Iranians ask for censorship pause in face of fatal floods, Indians suspect Facebook of election meddling and Australia tries to ban violent videos.

3 April 2019

Government official says the ban on messaging apps is slowing flood relief in Iran

"In situations where sharing information is vital, censorship can turn into a deadly phenomenon."

29 March 2019

#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.

26 March 2019

Two years after completing his sentence, Emirati activist Osama al-Najjar remains in detention

Al-Najjar was arrested over tweets calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in the Emirates.

19 March 2019

Activists speak out against Iraq's cybercrime bill

The bill prescribes lengthy prisons sentences, including life imprisonment, for speech-related offences.

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