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Tunisia: Activist Amina Mansour faces six-month jail term for Facebook posts

Blogger and civil society activist Amina Mansour targeted for satirical comments she posted on Facebook criticising President Kais Saied and his close associates.

Civil society to the UK Foreign Office: Free human rights defender Alaa Abd El-Fattah

When the UK granted Alaa Abd El-Fattah citizenship in April, it took responsibility for upholding his rights. Civil society organisations, IFEX among them, urge the UK Foreign Office to act now to save his life.

34 rights groups demand independent investigation into the killing of ‘Al Jazeera’ journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

The killing of Shireen Abu Akleh represents a particularly egregious attack on the press, not least because of credible reports that she and other journalists were intentionally targeted by Israeli forces, but also in light of growing concerns over impunity for crimes against journalists and other grave human rights abuses by Israel in the occupied Palestine territory.

Algeria: ​​Authorities must end their assault on civic space and fundamental freedoms

Rights groups launch an online campaign to draw attention to how authorities have increasingly attempted to stifle dissenting voices and independent civil society.

Iran: End repeated sentencing of Narges Mohammadi and other women human rights defenders

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights calls on Iranian authorities to release the prominent woman human rights defender, as well as other imprisoned activists and journalists.

Iran: Near total Internet shutdown in Khuzestan amidst food protests

Protests against rising food prices have been met with tear gas, arbitrary detentions, and Internet shutdowns and disruptions that suggest authorities made preparations in advance to stifle expression.

Libya: A virulent campaign against freedom of expression and association

Authorities vying for control of the country appear to share the common objective of eliminating critical and independent voices, and establishing an environment of fear and intimidation, rights groups say.

Palestine: Murder of journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh renews demands for accountability

Perpetrators of these crimes must be brought to justice to put an end to the killing of journalists and the grave attacks they face.

Egypt’s clampdown on “immodest” videos, and the systematic targeting of Palestinian journalists

April 2022 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.

“They will not shoot down our dream”: Challenges faced by human rights defenders in Iraq

New report examines the increasingly hostile environment for human rights defenders and activists following Iraq’s October 2019 demonstrations.

Egypt: Fair and transparent process needed for release of political prisoners

Independent rights groups in Egypt underscore the need for authorities to avoid past mistakes in dealing with the detention of political prisoners.

As World Cup nears, Qatar and FIFA face fresh scrutiny on press freedom commitments

Rights groups raise concerns over whether reporters will be able to cover the World Cup freely.

Sudan: Hundreds of protesters detained, mistreated

Sudanese authorities should release all those unlawfully detained, end protester arrests, and lift the state of emergency, says Human Rights Watch.

Deceit, denials, delays: How Iran keeps its public in the dark

New report examines how Iranian authorities systematically violate people’s right to protest and assemble, deceive and lie about the violations they commit, and unlawfully keep people seeking transparency and accountability in the dark.

Lebanon: Women candidates face gendered attacks ahead of elections

Online bullying and sexual violence continue to target women in Lebanon’s political arena, reveals a new media monitoring report.

Four years of Israeli violence against Palestinian journalists covering “March of Return” protests

Reporters Without Borders registered more than 140 Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists since the weekly protests began in March 2018.