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Palestinian journalists and media faced a growing number of violations against them in 2019 according to an annual report from The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA).

Mistreatment of political prisoners in Bahraini jails may amount to “torture”, say eight UN Special Rapporteurs. IFEX member ADHRB provides context for the documented range of abuses prisoners have been subject to.

Palestinian journalists covering protests against the proposed peace deal have been injured, detained, and obstructed from reporting by Israeli security forces.

GCHR issues an urgent call on international bodies to visit prominent Emirati human rights defender, Ahmed Mansoor, who has been on a liquid-only hunger strike since September 2019, in protest of his dehumanizing prison conditions.

According to Human Rights Watch, there is an alarming trend of activists, artists, and journalists being jailed for voicing their political opinions online.

January in Middle East and North Africa: A roundup of key free expression news, based on IFEX member reports.

IFEX member Advox bids farewell to Tunisian blogger and human rights activist, Lina Ben Mhenni, who dedicated her life to a free and just Tunisia.

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights calls on Iraqi authorities to stop targeting peaceful demonstrators, especially women and children who have been playing a prominent role in anti-government protests.

IFEX members call for an end to the arbitrary revival of old cases targeting human rights defenders as a mechanism designed to keep them behind bars.

IFEX members raise press freedom concerns and call for an investigation into the hacking of Jeff Bezos’s phone by Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman.

Newly proposed amendments to Qatar’s penal code would impose harsh punishment for the dissemination of fake news, dealing a new blow to freedom of expression in the country.

Rights groups call on Red Cross and international bodies to inspect Egyptian prisons after an alarming rise in deaths due to torture, medical neglect, and inhumane conditions.

In its 2020 World Report, Human Rights Watch examines the bloody crackdown on freedom of expression in Iran over the past year as authorities have moved to silence a new wave of domestic dissent.

As the conflict in Yemen between Houthi forces and the Saudi-Emirati coalition continues, rights groups call for an end to the abduction, torture, and trial of Yemeni journalists.

Rights groups call on the Dakar Rally community to urge Saudi authorities to release imprisoned activists who peacefully campaigned for women’s rights in the kingdom, including the right to drive.

December in Middle East and North Africa: A roundup of key free expression news, based on IFEX member reports.