Stories about Egypt
From counterterrorism to counter-COVID-19, governments use crises to impose continuous states of emergency in the Middle East
Fighting terrorism used to be the umbrella under which states of emergency were justified in the Middle East. Now, COVID 19 serves as a new justification for sweeping powers.
Activists, who have recently been released from prison, only enjoy freedom from 6am to 6pm.
#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abd El Fattah released after five years in prison
Alaa was a leading voice among Egyptian bloggers and technology activists in Cairo approaching and during the Egyptian Revolution.
The #FreeAlaa campaign reassured supporters that the delay is not a cause for concern for now.
Shawkan, who was working for Demotix at the time of his arrest, spent almost four years in pre-trial detention.
Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s leading digital activists await their release from prison, after years behind bars
Alaa and Shawkan are still waiting to get out, Algeria's internet is faltering, and Nepal has a new IT bill.
Alaa has been jailed or investigated under every Egyptian head of state who has served during his lifetime.
More than one month after a Cairo court verdict that many saw as the end to his ordeal, Shawkan remains in jail.
"He never should have been behind bars. He was arrested while doing his job as a photographer."
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.