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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.

Gamers use an application on their mobiles in Beirut, Lebanon, 17 July 2016, ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images

Maharat Foundation launched the “Take Your Seats” campaign to encourage Lebanon’s youth to participate in the Internet Governance Forum for the first time.

Protest against a recent wave of interrogations by Lebanese security forces of people making political comments on social media, in Beirut, 24 July 2018, ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images

Maharat Foundation took part in the first forum on internet governance in Lebanon and highlighted the importance of freedom of expression and information sharing on the internet in such a context.

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.

Maha Assabalani, a representative of the Violation Documentation Center, accepts an award on Razan Zeitouneh's behalf, during the 'Francoise Giroud' Award Ceremony in Paris, France, 30 January 2014, Kristy Sparow/Getty Images

On 9 December, people around the world remembered Razan Zaitouneh, Samira Khalil, Nazem Hamadi and Wa’el Hamada, kidnapped in Douma, Syria on this day five years ago.

Palestinian journalists run for cover from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces during a demonstration on World Press Freedom day near Betunia in the West Bank, 3 May 2016, ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images

IFEX joins the Gulf Centre for Human Rights and other organisations in marking the International Day to End Impunity and calling on governments in the MENA region to take meaningful steps to protect journalists and human rights defenders, and ensure accountability for attacks by both government and extremist groups.

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.