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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.

People hold signs and cutouts of women incarcerated in Saudi Arabia during an Amnesty International protest outside the Saudi Arabia embassy in Paris, 8 March 2019, PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Not only are these women activists facing prosecution without due process, they’ve also subjected them to severe torture, including by sexual violence and electrocution.

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as 'Shawkan', gestures inside his home after being released, in Cairo, 4 March 2019, Mohamed El Raai/picture alliance via Getty Images

Our MENA Editor Joey Ayoub reviews the latest free expression developments from across the Middle East and North Africa during the month of February.

Tawfiq Bouachrine, (L) director of the "Akhbar Al Youm" newspaper, and caricaturist Khalid Gueddar arrive at the court in Casablanca, Morocco, on 23 October 2009, ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention confirmed that the charges against Bouachrine are in retaliation for his journalistic work and his criticism of the Moroccan government.

Egyptian special forces soldiers await the arrival of a diplomatic plane at the airport in Cairo, 11 December 2017, Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

The barring of NYT correspondent David Kirkpatrick from entering the country is the latest in a series of practices hostile towards freedom of the press.

Saudi asylum seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun smiles as she is introduced to the media at Toronto Pearson International Airport, 12 January 2019, Cole Burston/Getty Images

Egyptian TV presenter’s jail sentence for interviewing a gay man; Bahrainis stripped of citizenship; a Saudi activist’s death sentence lifted, and a Saudi teenager granted asylum; Iraqi photojournalist killed; and Palestinian journalists ‘collateral victims’ in Hamas-Fatah rivalry.

Mohamed Bahaa El-Din Abu Shoka, legal representative and spokesperson of President al-Sisi's election campaign, speaks during the campaign press conference in Cairo, Egypt, 29 January 2018, Hassan Mohammed/picture alliance via Getty Images

Since mid-2013, President Sisi has shut down the public sphere and effectively nationalized the press through the sale of newspapers and private channels to the security apparatus, allowing the state to dominate the media discourse.

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab (R) walks with his daughter Malak Rajab to attend his appeal hearing at court in Manama, 11 February 2015, REUTERS/Hamad Mohammed

MENA in December: Appeals of Nabeel Rajab and Ahmed Mansoor rejected; UN Working Group recognises two Egyptian journalists as arbitrarily detained; Iran continues crackdown on lawyers; Report reveals Lebanese media concentration; Iraq urged to reopen probe into Kurdish editor’s murder, and more.