Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE)
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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.

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.

A woman holds a placard which reads 'no to the anal test' during a demonstration on National Women's Day in Tunis, 13 August 2018, Chedly Ben Ibrahim/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia tortures women activists, Tunisian LGBTQI+ endure ‘anal tests’, Morocco sentences Hirak activists, and Iran cracks down on journalists, teachers and labour activists.

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook., Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY.

An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg from 88 rights groups is calling for a transparent appeal process for user content that is restricted on Facebook.

A protestor wears a mask depicting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman while others hold images of journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, 25 October 2018, YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images

Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and aftermath; under-age Bahrainis in prison; LGBTQI+ event cancelled in Lebanon; British academic jailed in the UAE; Shawkan still in Egyptian prison despite end of sentence; and a new report offers damning evidence of widespread abuse by local authorities in Palestine.

An Iraqi woman recites a prayer by the grave of slain model and Instagram starlet Tara Fares in the central holy shrine city of Najaf, 2 October 2018, HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images

Two high profile Iraqi women assassinated by unknown gunmen; Nasrin Sotoudeh’s hunger strike; Iran targets dual citizens, foreign nationals; campaigning for Saudi women’s rights activists; plus Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and Syria.

A photojournalist for Turkey's Anadolu Agency lies on the ground after being shot with rubber bullets by the Israeli forces while covering demonstrations in the village of Ras Karkar near Ramallah, West Bank, 4 September 2018, Shadi Hatem/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Egypt continues to implement new laws to crack down on dissent; Iran persecutes environmentalists and religious minorities; Israel attacks Palestinian journalists and violates the right to privacy, freedom of expression; Bahrain continues cruel treatment of prisoners of conscience; Lebanon ramps up interrogations of online activists.

Over 40 NGOs call for the full repeal of Egypt’s cybercrime law and the reform of dangerous media regulation legislation. The groups describe these laws as the latest steps in the Egyptian government’s attempt to impose full control over the flow of information online.