Digital Rights

Free expression online: a blogger is silenced, a website is blocked, your privacy is compromised.

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A soldier and police officers stand outside a polling station during the national referendum on the constitutional amendments, in Cairo, Egypt, 22 April 2019, Islam Safwat/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The amendments will undermine the Egyptian judiciary’s dwindling independence and expand the military’s power to intervene in political life.

Saudi men on their mobiles in the capital Riyadh, 17 July 2016, STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images

Authorities arrested blogger Naif al-Hindas and bloggers and columnists Ali al-Saffar and Redha al-Boori.

A man shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting his ballot in Srinagar, Kashmir, India, 18 April 2019, Yawar Nazir/Getty Images said that a ‘Digital Rights Reform Agenda’ is missing in the program of most political parties in India.

College students participate in a protest to defend press freedom in Manila, Philippines, 17 January 2018, NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

Threats, insults and attacks are now part of the “occupational hazards” for journalists in many countries.

A woman connects to the internet from her mobile phone in Havana, Cuba, 17 March 2019, YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images

Journalists Osmel Ramírez, Niober García Fournier and Roberto de Jesús Quiñones continue to be strictly forbidden to leave the country or even, at times, to leave the province in which they live. They have been arrested or summoned on several occasions, have received threats against their families or have been threatened with imprisonment.

A sound engineer and a presentor take part in a live broadcast at a radio station, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, 4 July 2017, STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images

The Media Foundation for West Africa reports on the assaults, arrests and detention of several journalists in the region in its latest quarterly report on freedom of expression.

Activists protest new censorship laws, in London, UK, 12 December 2014, In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images

A new law has the potential to pose a severe threat to the anonymity of people in the UK.

Protesters condemn Saudi human rights violations and the arrests of activists and journalists outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, in Rome, Italy, 16 January 2019, Stefano Montesi - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

The Saudi authorities carried out a new wave of arrests of writers and social media bloggers, including women’s rights advocates.

Supporters of Julian Assange gather outside Westminster Magistrates Court where the WikiLeaks founder appears in custody following his arrest in London, England, 11 April 2019, Wiktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In considering whether to extradite Assange, the UK should also consider the detention conditions he could be subjected to in the US as a person charged with national security crimes.

A shopkeeper speaks on her mobile phone during a festival, in Chennai, Madras, India, 10 October 2018, ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images

The petition says that the TikTok app promotes “degrading culture and encourages pornography.”

Part of an EU flag is displayed on a smartphone with the Union Jack in the background in this photo illustration, 15 November 2017, Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The UK government has just released its proposal for tackling “online harms”, including how content on social media platforms should be monitored and regulated.

People from the Rif community in Barcelona, Spain demonstrate to show their support for political prisoners imprisoned by the Moroccan regime, 29 July 2018, Paco Freire/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Jailed activist Nasser Zefzafi was smeared by Moroccan media.

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz delivers a speech during the launching of a Festival, in Oualata, 20 November 2018, THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

Two popular bloggers in Mauritania, Abderrahmane Weddady and Sheikh Ould Jiddou, have been detained for republishing and commenting on a story that had made the headlines in various international media outlets.

Photojournalists call for the release of their colleague Carlos Palacio who was arrested during a protest, in Girona, Spain, 16 January 2019, Paco Freire/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Press freedom groups have launched a new resource that will help news outlets review and improve their current safety practices and protocols; the resource pays special attention to gender issues, mental health care and digital security.

Soldiers patrol on a street next to posters welcoming Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Islamabad, Pakistan, 17 February 2019, AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

Five prominent journalists are accused of posting social media messages that disrespected the Saudi crown prince.

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, shoots with a camera at his home in the capital Cairo, 4 March 2019, KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

MENA in March: Iranian lawyer Nasrin Soutoudeh sentenced to 38 years; a campaign against F1 complicity, an index of online incitement against Palestinians, and more.