Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
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The head of the Egyptian National Elections Authority (NEA) attends a press conference at the NEA's headquarters to announce the results of the referendum on the constitutional amendments, in Cairo, 23 April 2019, Mohamed El Raai/picture alliance via Getty Images

This has been a grim month for Egyptians who seek a better life and believe in dignity and freedom.

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, 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.

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.

Syrian civil defence members search near a burned vehicle  after an airstrike by pro-regime forces, in Hass town, Idlib province, 8 September 2018, AMER ALHAMWE/AFP/Getty Images

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