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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.

Women walk through a street in Homs, Syria, 31 October 2017, Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Ali Mahmoud Othman’s family was recently told he died in detention and is seeking official confirmation of his death and the return of his body.

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.

Hesham Gaafar/Facebook

Hisham Gaafar must spend three hours at a police station twice a week and is banned from traveling abroad.

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.

Algerian protesters demonstrate against their ailing president's bid for a fifth term in power, in Algiers, 8 March 2019, RYAD KRAMDI/AFP/Getty Images

Reuters reporter Tarek Amara and TRT reporter Intissar Chelly were detained and deported from Algeria. Both had traveled to cover the ongoing anti-government protests.

Egyptian actor and director Khaled Abol Naga attends the 8th International Arab Film Festival (FIOFA), in Oran, Algeria, 3 June 2015, FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images

The authorities have unleashed a systematic media demonization campaign against Amr Waked and Khaled Abol Naga for participating in “Egypt Advocacy Day”.

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, arrives at his home after his release from prison, in Giza, Egypt, 4 March 2019, Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Both Shawkan and Alaa Abdelfattah have to report to a police station and likely stay overnight every night for the foreseeable future.

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.

Journalists protest against censorship of the press by the authorities, as part of the demonstrations against the candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in Algiers, Algeria, 28 February 2019, Farouk Batiche/picture alliance via Getty Images

Algerian journalist Lynda Abbou explains why protests that have swept the country in recent weeks were a pivotal moment for journalists frustrated at censorship.

Activists demand freedom for Alaa Abd El Fatah, in front of the Ministry Of Justice, in Cairo, Egypt, 15 June 2014, NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images

The news broke on Twitter when his sister, activist Mona Seif, tweeted simply: “Alaa is out.”

The Parliament of Morocco in Rabat, 2 January 2018, Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images

Four journalists were handed suspended sentences for covering a parliamentary commission’s debate about the Moroccan Retiree Fund’s deficit.

A road sign points towards an Airbnb apartment, near the Jewish settlement of Shilo and the Palestinian village of Qusra in the occupied West Bank, 20 November 2018; Booking.com was urged to follow the example of Airbnb and withdraw listings for rentals located in settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

In 2018, Israeli authorities arrested around 350 Palestinians on charges of “incitement” because of their online activities.

Osama al-Najjar, The activist's Twitter account

Osama Al-Najjar was arrested in March 2014 for posting tweets denouncing that his father had been tortured in prison.

NGOs around the world call on the Formula One Group to safeguard human rights in Bahrain during race events.