Stories about Middle East & North Africa

9 August 2019

UAE frees activist Osama al-Najjar after 5 years in detention

Despite serving his three-year sentence in March 2017, al-Najjar remained in arbitrary detention.

18 May 2019

Netizen Report: Amid WhatsApp attacks, advocates launch legal challenge against Israeli malware maker

Spyware makers exploit a security flaw in WhatsApp, Singapore bans false information and Somalia plans to shut down social media during school exams.

8 May 2019

Mauritanian blogger escaped the death penalty, but remains behind bars

Ould Mkhaitir was prosecuted for writing an article in which he criticised the role of religion in Mauritania’s caste system.

2 May 2019

‘Envision a new war': the Syrian Archive, corporate censorship and the struggle to preserve public history online

Social media companies are censoring images of war. The Syrian Archive is working to preserve them.

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.

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