Stories about Middle East & North Africa

11 January 2018

Yemeni Human Rights Blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy Has Been Missing for 150 Days

Before his detention Hisham Al-Omeisy was outspoken about the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

4 January 2018

Iranian Technicians Have Been Ordered to Disrupt International Web Traffic Amid Protests

“We have been ordered to interrupt international traffic,” a source at an Iranian internet exchange point said.

3 January 2018

Caught in Conflict, Internet Users in Yemen Face Blocking, Shutdowns and Slow Speed

Authorities in Yemen have a long history of imposing restrictions on freedom of expression and the right to access information.

14 December 2017

A ‘Detainee of All Eras': The Prominent Case of Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdelfattah

"His trial is an attempt to silence criticism of a judiciary that has itself become a source of human rights violations."

8 December 2017

Jailed Bahraini Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Faces Additional Fifteen Years in Prison

Rajab is in prison for his human rights-related activities and for freely expressing his opinions.

17 November 2017

Jordanian Cartoonist Goes to Trial For Drawing Jesus

The cartoon commented on the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, which sold church property to Israeli settler groups to pay off church debt.

2 November 2017

Moroccan Journalists Keep Fighting to Cover the Hirak Movement, Despite State Intimidation

Journalists reporting on the Hirak protests are facing a myriad of restrictions.

27 October 2017

Netizen Report: Voices of Yemen’s ‘Forgotten War’ Speak Out, Despite Legal Barriers

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

26 October 2017

After 113 Days Behind Bars, #Istanbul10 Human Rights Defenders Are Released Pending Trial

“I don’t have anything to regret. I just did my work as a human rights defender,” Idil Eser told the court.

23 October 2017

In Iran, Music Streaming Sites Soundcloud and Spotify Are Back Online

Spotify and Soundcloud are now accessible for Iranians.