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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

3 August 2015

Iran Closes Down Hardline Newspaper After Anti Nuclear Deal Coverage

Iran's Press Supervisory have closed down 9 Dey, a hardline newspaper that has published dissenting views to the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 countries, signed in Vienna on...

30 July 2015

Digital Citizen 3.4

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

14 July 2015

Bahrain Releases Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab, Only to Send Another Activist Back to Jail

Bahrain released from prison rights activist Nabeel Rajab, and then renewed the detention of political leader Ibrahim Sharif for 15 days. Is the government playing chess with political dissidents?

10 July 2015

Digital Citizen 3.3

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

9 July 2015

ISIS Hacks Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Website and Threatens its Director

The ISIS cyber army allegedly threatened Observatory director Rami Abdelrahman for his role in documenting human rights abuses committed by all parties in the ongoing war in Syria.

8 July 2015

For Arab Human Rights Defenders, Hacking Team Files Confirm Suspicions of State Surveillance

"Rights groups knew Egypt using Hacking Team spyware since 2012; Sunday's hack just proved it," says Egyptian activist Ramy Raoof.

24 June 2015

Netizen Report: UK Spied on Human Rights Organizations in Egypt, South Africa

The UAE lays down new, rigid prohibitions against foul language on WhatsApp, Russians assess the Kremlin's version of the "Right to Be Forgotten", and Bing hops on the encryption train.

Social Media Analysis: How an Iranian Kurdish Woman's Death Triggered a Regional Social Media Conflict

Social media controversy following the accidental death of a hotel chambermaid underscored systemic discrimination ethnic minorities face in Iran and the emerging role of Internet censorship in this milieu.

23 June 2015

Digital Citizen 3.2

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

15 June 2015

Former TV Producer Mostafa Azizi Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Iran

Azizi, who had left for Canada, was arrested when he returned to be near his ailing father. He was convicted of “assembly and collusion against national security,” among other charges.