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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

10 December 2014

Break the Silence: Campaign for Jailed Human Rights Activists

On Human Rights Day, we remind the world of our many friends who have broken the silence of oppression by expressing their thoughts, asking questions, and thinking critically.

1 December 2014

Digital Citizen 2.1

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

Morehshin Allahyari's Art on Iranian Censorship Will Soon Be Out of This World

Iran’s censored Internet is a theme that features prominently in Morehshin Allahyari's art, some of which will soon be headed to outer space as part of the Forever Now project.

11 November 2014

Prison in Bahrain: A Tale of Torture

Following the death of Hasan Alshaikh due to torture, Global Voices author Mohamed Hassan details his own experience being tortured by Bahrain authorities.

4 November 2014

Digital Citizen 2.0

In this edition of Digital Citizen, a review of human rights and technology news in the Arab World, we look at threats to bloggers and online activists across the region.

15 October 2014

Netizen Report: From Egypt to the EU, Calls for Social Media Censorship in Name of National Security

This week we look at spying and mobile security from the UK to Bahrain, along with original testimony from an imprisoned member of Ethiopia's Zone9 blogging collective.

13 October 2014

Will the Right to Be Forgotten Inspire Repressive Regimes to Expand Internet Censorship?

“These governments will take advantage from this directive. Powerful people will be able to hide disgraceful actions for their own e-reputation," says Tunisian Internet advocate Dhouha Ben Youssef.

10 October 2014

GV Face: Alaa Abd El Fattah and Maryam Al Khawaja on Hunger Strikes, Jail-time, and Activism in Egypt and Bahrain

Hundreds of political prisoners are currently on hunger strike in Egypt and Bahrain.

2 October 2014

Bahrain's Prominent Human Rights Activist Arrested for Criticizing Police Defectors Who Joined ISIS

Bahrain's most prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab is back in jail for his tweets, for the third time.

24 September 2014

Netizen Report: Activist Repression and Electronic Witch Hunts in Bahrain

This week we look at mounting threats to digital activists in Bahrain and Iran, blogger crackdowns in Crimea, and surveillance in Singapore, FinSpy-style.