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Bahrain: Hundreds of political prisoners on hunger strike

Strike comes in response to harsh prison conditions, including medical negligence.

UAE: Release all those unjustly imprisoned before COP28

There are at least 58 people being held past the end of their sentences in the country.

Jordan: Authorities continue their gross violations of human rights

Journalists persecuted for online expression, and new cybercrime law ratified.

Egypt: Armed clashes in Sinai raise questions about security situation amid media blackout

Pressing authorities for facts, rights groups call for an end to decade-long ban on media coverage in Sinai.

Rising tide of cybercrime laws; resisting repression in Egypt and Tunisia

July 2023 in MENA: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Naseem Tarawnah, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Anti-LGBTQI+ rhetoric undermines rights in Lebanon

Government inaction fuels violence against LGBTQI+ people and quelling activism around rights.

Palestine: Flagrant violations against journalists in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

MADA calls on Palestinian authorities to stop infringing on media freedoms and prosecuting journalists.

Surge in harassment of journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan

Around 20 journalists have been arrested since the start of 2023.

Tunisia: Grave step backwards for freedom of expression and access to information

Critical measures taken in the past two years continue to threaten a fragile civic space.

Jordan’s new proposed cybercrimes law will strongly undermine digital rights

Draft bill threatens internet freedom and privacy rights, while tightening government control.

Morocco’s court of cassation rejects final appeals by two jailed journalists

RSF urges Moroccan authorities to release journalists Soulaimane Raissouni and Omar Radi.

Egypt’s worst decade for human rights

The government’s counter-terrorism architecture has been used to consolidate authoritarianism and crush peaceful dissent.

Palestine: Continued attacks on journalists covering Israeli military operations in West Bank

Israel must respect and protect journalist safety and hold those responsible for attacks on journalists to account.

Sudan’s belligerents are targeting journalists

Journalists have been deliberately subjected to physical attacks and arbitrary arrests.

Kuwait: Time to achieve justice for the “Bidoon” community

International campaign calls for an end to discriminatory practices and the release of arbitrarily detained activists.

Jordan: Ban on satirical news site “Al Hudood” must be lifted

“Blocking a website that publishes satire shows intolerance toward criticism that is troubling.”