Stories about Middle East & North Africa

9 December 2019

Will Algeria disrupt internet access as election day nears?

With protesters taking to social media to spread information about what is happening on the ground, the Algerian authorities repeatedly resorted to disrupting access to networks and social media platforms.

10 November 2019

Netizen Report: Domestic worker abuses in the Gulf expose tech companies’ failures to protect human rights

Tech companies grapple with abuses against domestic workers, Iraqis face another internet shutdown, and Russia gets ready for a 'sovereign internet.'

28 October 2019

Netizen Report: How are protests in Lebanon affecting digital rights?

Protests continue in Lebanon, phone service is back in Kashmir (but the internet is still down) and Egyptians are getting censored on Twitter.

25 October 2019

Iran’s drive to block international services continues with Google Play ban

The decision to block Google Play is consistent with the authorities' strategy to foist home-grown Iranian apps and services on Iranian internet users and limit the availability of international services. 

22 October 2019

Ahead of Tunisia elections, social media was flooded with mis- and disinformation

In the months leading up to the elections, mis- and disinformation spread widely across social media platforms, Facebook in particular.

11 October 2019

Netizen Report: Iraq and Ecuador face network shutdowns amid public protests

Networks are down in Turkey, Iraq and Ecuador; US tech companies are cutting off Venezuelans; and gatekeepers continue holding back content related to Hong Kong protests.

26 September 2019

Netizen Report: Anti-corruption protests across Egypt trigger internet blockages, arrests

Censorship spikes as protests mount in Egypt, Twitter censors hundreds of pro-state accounts and a Pakistani court delivers a win for free speech online.

6 September 2019

How Turkey's broadcast regulator is taking over the supervision of online content

Under a new regulation, local streaming services like Netflix are required to adjust their content to the regulator's rules and guidelines.

3 September 2019

The plight of Kuwait's stateless community: Silenced and deprived of human rights

The security services spare no effort to target and silence the human rights movement of Kuwait's stateless community.

12 August 2019

Withheld in Turkey: How the government exploits removal requests to silence critical and independent voices

For years, Turkey has been exploiting tools offered by social media platforms to restrict illegal content in a particular jurisdiction, to silence critical voices.

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