Stories about Middle East & North Africa

10 September 2014

Lebanon Blocks Six Porn Sites, Sparks Fears of Further Censorship

Internet users worry that the decision, made by the Ministry of Justice, could lead the government down a slippery slope to greater censorship.

Netizen Report: Social Media Sites Grapple with Pressure to Censor ISIS Content

Platforms struggle with tensions between censorship and security, a Chinese man sues his ISP over web blocking, and US Internet groups mimic the "site loading" button to promote net neutrality.

1 September 2014

Bahraini Activist Maryam Al Khawaja Denied Entry to Her Country, Goes On Hunger Strike

Bahraini human rights activists Maryam Al-Khawaja was denied entry to Bahrain upon her arrival at the airport. Now in detention, she has started a hunger strike.

22 August 2014

Advocates Petition UN for Action on Jailed Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Media Legal Defence Initiative asked the UN to intervene immediately in the case of Abd El Fattah, who began a hunger strike this week.

20 August 2014

Prominent Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah Goes on Hunger Strike

Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah has entered an open-ended hunger strike until he is released from prison, his family said in a statement posted on Facebook today.

ISIS Beheads Kidnapped Photojournalist James Foley in Horrific Video Message

A video allegedly showing the beheading of American photojournalist James Wright Foley, missing in Syria for 636 days, by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was released today.

16 August 2014

Iran Vows to Block All “Unlicensed” Websites

On the day to recognize journalists, Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced that all news websites must henceforth obtain a state license -- or face automatic censorship.

12 August 2014

Iran's Internet Users Outsmart Government in Cat-and-Mouse Censorship Game

The Iranian government periodically releases new filtering rules intended to block Tor traffic, to which the Tor community typically responds with a same-day antidote for the block.

11 August 2014

Leaked Data Suggests Bahrain's Government Hacked Its Own Fact-Finding Commission

The government's crackdown against a popular uprising spurred the creation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Investigation -- new data suggests that the government is spying on the Commission.

4 August 2014

Sonia Ordóñez, Translating Threats to Free Expression Online for Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices depends on its hard-working team of volunteer translators like Sonia Ordóñez, who has devoted most of her time to translating Advocacy stories.