· July, 2014

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from July, 2014

29 July 2014

Leaked Cybercrime Law Could Undo Tunisia's Pioneer Status on Internet Rights

Government officials renew calls for filtering and monitoring of the Internet under the pretext of "fighting terrorism" -- could this mean the end of Tunisia's Internet rights renaissance?

24 July 2014

Israel Struggles to Win “Hearts and Minds” in Media War on Palestine

Israeli social media strategist Niv Calderon is waging a war of words on Palestine. “There is a media war, and each citizen, each computer user, is a soldier,” he says.

21 July 2014

Fear, Love and Iran's Favorite Internet Enemy (it's Facebook)

On July 13, eight young Iranians were dealt long prison sentences for their activities on Facebook. Activists both in and outside the country know little more about the case.

15 July 2014

7 Cases That Prove Online Activism is Under Siege in Saudi Arabia

Learn about Gulf Center for Human Rights efforts to raise awareness about online activists facing harassment and legal challenges in Saudi Arabia.

11 July 2014

As Rockets Rain on Gaza, Facebook Does Nothing to Stop Hate Speech Against Palestinians

A Facebook page featuring multiple posts in Hebrew calling for violence against Palestinians and Arabs has been active for three weeks.

9 July 2014

Digital Citizen 1.8

In this edition of Digital Citizen, a review of human rights and technology news in the Arab World, we look at how conflict across the region is affecting online speech.

8 July 2014

Saudi Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abu Al-Khair Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Abu Al-Khair was charged with “insulting general order” and “inflaming public opinion”.

7 July 2014

“We Are Taking a Moral Stance Against Censorship”: Jordanian Website Defies Media Law

The website of Jordanian media advocacy platform 7iber was blocked for the second time last week. 7iber Editor Lina Ejeilat explains the group's opposition to the law behind the block.

5 July 2014

Bahraini Satirist Blogger Takrooz Arrested

Bahraini satirist micro-blogger Takrooz is being held on accusations of "inciting hatred against the regime" on Twitter.

2 July 2014

Netizen Report: Researchers Uncover Mobile Phone Spyware in 60 Countries Worldwide

Researchers and activists are moving and shaking in Jordan, Thailand, and Canada - and the Free Software Foundation launches a new series of email security guides in seven languages.