· November, 2016

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from November, 2016

30 November 2016

Experts Cast Doubt on Tunisia’s Biometric Identification Bill

Digital rights advocates and Tunisia's Data Protection Authority are voicing concern about the bill. At present, Tunisia does not require government authorities to obtain court approval before accessing citizen data.

23 November 2016

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri Bans Photojournalist for this ‘Unofficial’ Photo

Hussein Baydoun was barred from photographing the PM after this image was published. Photographs he took during last year's ‘you stink’ protests against government corruption were featured in numerous outlets.

16 November 2016

Omani Film Critic Sentenced to Jail Over Facebook Posts

"As long as there is a human being exploiting a human being, there are revolutionary dreams, and dreams make the future."

11 November 2016

Turkey Continues to Arrest Kurdish Politicians, Restrict Internet Use

"What was done tonight is not only a coup but also an operation to separate the country!"

10 November 2016

‘We Will Not Surrender': Opposition Voices Rally to Support Turkey's Besieged Media

Yet another independent media outlet in post-coup attempt Turkey is on the brink.

4 November 2016

Demystifying Social Media Censorship — in Arabic, Spanish and English

Social media platforms have terms of use that restrict several types of content including nudity, hate speech, and violence. But these difficult-to-define rules are always subject to interpretation.

3 November 2016

In Oman, Independent Media Suspended Until Further Notice

Albalad is the second independent media to stop publishing of its own accord this year. Another newspaper, Alzamn, was suspended by the government last August.

‘My Life for Iran': The 4th Anniversary of Iranian Activist Sattar Beheshti's Death

Sattar Beheshti has come to embody the spirit of resistance in Iran, in an ongoing struggle against freedom of expression and government repression.