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As prominent human rights defender Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja completes his tenth year in prison, over 100 rights organisations call for his immediate release.

Hanna Nasir, head of the Palestinian Central Election Commission, at a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, 16 January 2021, after president Mahmud Abbas announced dates for the first elections in more than 15 years. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images

With the announcement of the first general Palestinian elections in 15 years, MADA Center underscores the need to protect press freedom, freedom of expression, and the right to access information throughout the electoral process and beyond.

An inmate peers from behind a wall as a guard walks by in the female section of the infamous Evin prison, north of Tehran, Iran, 13 June 2006, ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images

Facing imprisonment in Iran for his journalism, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Turkish authorities to conduct an expedited review of Iranian journalist Mohamed Mosaed’s request for asylum.

December 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.

A vigil in honour of journalist Jamal Khashoggi two years after his assassination, 22 October 2020, Prachatai/Amnistía Internacional Argentina, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The U.S. intelligence community should confirm or deny the existence of documents that may provide information on its duty to warn “Washington Post” columnist Jamal Khashoggi of threats to his life before his murder, or provide more detailed explanations of their refusal to do so.

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights calls on authorities to hold to account the perpetrators of the attack on Aden International Airport that left at least 25 dead, including Yemeni journalist Adeeb Al-Janani.

A controversial court decision has dissolved Jordan’s Teachers’ Syndicate – the country’s largest independent trade union – and its board members have been imprisoned.

Nossel covers a number of topics, including the larger ramifications of the news media’s coverage of President Trump and the importance for the media to stop using this coverage as a bait for ratings.

An information blackout has exacerbated the coronavirus pandemic in Egypt, says the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE), and calls on authorities to provide access to vital information in an effort to confront the growing health crisis.

The Free Saudi Activists Coalition condemns the sentencing of Saudi women’s rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul, and calls on governments around the world, including the incoming US Administration, to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for their continued human rights violations.

The Committee To Protect Journalists says the arrest of Jordanian publisher Jamal Haddad is part of efforts by authorities aimed at intimidating journalists who question the government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and calls for his immediate release.

Rights groups say sale of surveillance technology to oppressive MENA governments has put activists, journalists, and human rights defenders at risk of harassment, imprisonment, or killing.

On the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring, activists, journalists, and rights organizations voice frustration and dismay at how platform policies and content moderation procedures all too often lead to the silencing and erasure of critical voices from marginalized and oppressed communities across the region.

In a joint letter to President Elect Joseph Biden, organizations raise their concerns about the deteriorating political situation in Bahrain and urge him to ensure that democracy and human rights are returned to the center of American foreign policy.

Complaints submitted to the United Nations by the International Federation of Journalists and the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate allege that under a shroud of impunity, Israel has used lethal force in its systematic targeting of journalists working in Palestine, and failed to investigate killings of media workers.

Since the start of anti-government protests in October 2019, dozens of Iraqi activists, journalists, and civil society members have been killed or forcibly disappeared, while their perpetrators roam free. To mark this year’s International Human Rights Day, rights groups call for an end to impunity, and the release of those arbitrarily held for their free speech or peaceful assembly.