Stories about Middle East & North Africa

12 June 2018

Telegram channel administrator could get death penalty for “insulting the Prophet”

Article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code dictates that “Anyone who swears at or commits qazf [slander] against the Great Prophet [of Islam]...shall be sentenced to the death penalty.”

11 June 2018

Algerian blogger sentenced to ten years in prison, in another blow to free expression

Prior to his arrest, Touati covered anti-austerity strikes and job protests, and rights violations committed by Algerian authorities.

8 June 2018

Netizen Report: In another blow for free speech, Egypt’s parliament passes cybercrime law

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

23 May 2018

Tunisian journalists say police union attacks are having a chilling effect on press freedom

Impunity for abuses committed by security forces and police unions "is almost becoming a norm," according to the syndicate of Tunisian journalists.

19 May 2018

Netizen Report: What do Iran, Pakistan and Russia have in common? They all ban Telegram.

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world.

10 May 2018

Billions served? Human rights in the Facebook era

Tracking hate speech, harassment, and political censorship on the world’s largest social network

27 April 2018

Telcos must disclose more data about internet shutdowns, say civil society groups

New research shows that the world's largest telecommunications companies disclose little to no information about their network shutdown policies and practices.

25 April 2018

The chilling effect of officials discussing Telegram's imminent ban in Iran

Some officials say Telegram is set to be blocked at the end of April. Although the app remains technically unfiltered at the moment, usage among Iranians is down.

30 March 2018

Tunisian MPs Propose Legislation Criminalising ‘Cyber Defamation’

"This bill is the result of a repressive mindset restrictive of freedoms, reflecting a nostalgia for the dictatorship era".

16 March 2018

Iranian Detainees Face Privacy Violations, Public Smear Campaigns

Two cases in Iran highlight new signs of violations of due process and in how personal electronic devices are seized and the right to privacy is violated.