· May, 2015

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from May, 2015

Open Letter to President Obama From a Bahraini Human Rights Defender

AlMahafdah, a former political detainee in Bahrain, asks President Obama to "be the voice of the people of Bahrain" when he meets the crown prince of the kingdom on Wednesday.

Selective Truths Revealed: The Case of Iranian Search Engines

Iranian authorities maintain that local search engines can compete with Google and other Western alternatives. A new study by Iran research group Small Media puts these claims to the test.

“Their Freedom is Their Right”: A Campaign for Prisoners of Conscience in the Arab World

Three human rights organizations launch a social media campaign to raise awareness about prisoners of conscience throughout the Arab World.

New Research: Iran is Using ‘Intelligent’ Censorship on Instagram

Political pages are accessible, but Justin Bieber and the Kardashians are blocked. Saddled with a censorship regime that is both exhaustive and ineffective, Iranian authorities are experimenting with “intelligent” filtering.

Iran's Leading Women's Magazine Suspended After Covering Cohabitation Outside of Marriage

Managing editor Shahla Sherkat says she's hopeful she can convince the court to allow publication to resume. Iran’s Press Oversight Committee suspended Zanan-e Emrooz, reportedly for writing about "white marriages."

On World Press Freedom Day, Iraqis Mourn Journalist Ammar Al Shahbander, Killed in Car Bomb Explosion

On World Press Freedom Day, Iraqis are mourning the death of journalist Ammar Al Shahbander, killed in a car bomb explosion in Baghdad, carried out by the ISIS.

To Be or Not to Be Anonymous: How Should Bloggers Decide?

This post was co-authored by Nani Jansen, legal director for the Media Legal Defence Initiative. Should you be anonymous online? If you were giving advice to a blogger, independent journalist, or online activist...

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