Fear and loathing in MENA: Arrests, prison sentences, and surveillance

Recent articles in Middle East & North Africa

A Saudi flag is seen behind a surveillance camera, at the Saudi Arabian consulate, in Istanbul, Turkey, 11 October 2018, OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images

New coalition to combat digital surveillance in Middle East and North Africa

As repressive governments in the Middle East and North Africa increasingly deploy digital surveillance technologies to monitor and silence critics, a coalition of rights groups comes together to combat the sale of surveillance tools, and advocate for a safe and open Internet for the region’s netizens.

Journalists sit on the rubble of the al-Jalaa Tower, which housed international press offices, following an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip 15 May 2021, MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images

Checked expression in Iraq, unchecked repression in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and censoring Palestine

May 2021 in Middle East and North Africa: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Naseem Tarawnah, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Berlin, Germany, 30 October 2018. During an official visit by Egypt's President Sisi, a woman takes part in a protest with a placard stating that Sisi belongs in prison and at The Hague (criminal court). Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Egypt: President Sisi must immediately end crackdown on independent organizations and peaceful dissent

In a joint statement, 64 rights groups from around the world called on Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to immediately end the ongoing crackdown on freedom of association, independent groups, and peaceful dissent.