Stories about Middle East & North Africa

6 September 2018

A lethal combination: How MENA governments use cybercrime laws and spyware to target activists

Gulf governments continue to deploy cybercrime laws as an arbitrary legal cover to target target human rights defenders.

13 August 2018

Lebanon ramps up interrogations of online activists

“You cannot bring us up with a mentality of freedom and then try to oppress us.”

6 August 2018

Iran’s telecommunications company illegally rerouted Telegram app traffic

In a new move aimed at tightening the state-imposed ban on the Telegram messaging app, the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) temporarily rerouted Telegram app traffic in violation of domestic law in July 2018.In...

3 August 2018

Killing speech softly: How the world’s biggest tech companies are quietly censoring critical expression in the Middle East

The failures of tech giants in moderating content in the region is a big and complex problem.

19 July 2018

Netizen Report: Israeli legislators look at new laws that would stifle speech and surveil the public

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

18 July 2018

‘If it isn’t recorded, it didn’t happen': Israel moves to restrict photo documentation of military activity

Israeli legislators are pushing two bills that would further restrict speech by activists and journalists critical of its policies in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.

11 July 2018

Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

What's happened to digital rights over the past seven years? 300 editions of the Netizen Report will tell you

This week, we're looking back at seven years of covering global digital rights news in celebration of our 300th edition!

3 July 2018

Lebanese journalist sentenced to prison in absentia, for ‘defaming’ foreign minister on Facebook

From exile in the UK, Fidaa Itani says the sentence marks the end of an era for free expression in Lebanon.

28 June 2018

Netizen Report: As Erdogan’s reign continues, journalists remain under attack — are translators next in line?

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.