This has been a grim month for Egyptians who seek a better life and believe in dignity and freedom.
The authorities have unleashed a systematic media demonization campaign against Amr Waked and Khaled Abol Naga for participating in “Egypt Advocacy Day”.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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