· January, 2010

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from January, 2010

23 January 2010

Egypt: blogger Wael Abbas sentenced to jail. Another still in prison despite judicial release order

The prominent Egypt blogger Wael Abbas has been sentenced 6 months in jail and LE 500 pounds (92 USD) as a judiciary bail, as a lawsuit was filed against him...

18 January 2010

UAE e-magazine ordered shut.

Hetta, United Arab Emirates online magazine has been ordered shut after they lost an appeal case launched against it by the Abu Dhabi Media Company.  The e-magazine which was the...

16 January 2010

Egypt: Bloggers detained for showing Solidarity!

-Update (16 Jan, 1pm Cairo Timings): arrested activists in Naga Hammadi got a release order from a while, but its still unknown where/how will they be released from Qena or...

15 January 2010

Jordan to censor the internet

Jordan's Appeal Court has extended the reach of its print and publications law to cover electronic media, meaning that it will censor sites and blogs, writing in ArabCrunch, Gaith Saqer...

9 January 2010

Iran's Intelligence Ministry listed 60 organizations as ‘soft war’ agents

Recently, a list of 60 organizations was published by Iranian ministry of intelligence with the accusation that they are active in the soft war against Islamic regime in Iran.  Any...

7 January 2010

New laws for cyber activists

Reports from Iran show that, conditions for cyber activists became much more difficult and dangerous. Recently, Iran’s prosecutor published a list about internet crimes. One of the prominent laws in...

4 January 2010

Tunisia and Bahrain Block Individual Twitter Pages

First, governments blocked Blogspot. Then they blocked Facebook, and then Twitter. And just when technophiles all over the globe started groaning, a couple of governments got a bit wiser to...

Algeria Joins Filtering Fray

Algeria is the latest Arab country to join the ranks of Internet filterers, leaving only Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and Lebanon without widespread filtering. The first report of a blocked site...

Egypt: E-mail Monitor officially recognized

While the local and international media are getting more concerned about the Egyptian government's policy in restricting convoys to Gaza Strip, there isn't much information concerning the active monitoring of...

The Metaverse in the Arab World

Virtual worlds are becoming more complex and more intertwined with the actual world. Hence, their influence on real matters is increasing. I am speaking about the programs and games in...