Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA)
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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.

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.

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.

A protester is affected by gas bombs fired by the Israeli forces during a protest of the 'Great March of Return', in Rafah, Gaza, 21 December 2018, Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

MADA has monitored a total of 43 attacks against journalist and media freedom in Palestine during December 2018, most of which were committed by Israeli occupation forces, with the remainder committed by Palestinians.

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 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.

Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab takes part in the funeral of an activist in the village of Sanabis, Bahrain, 6 July 2014; the activist had been hit in the head by a tear gas canister and rubber bullets during a protest, NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia grants women the right to drive while arresting women activists; governments use ‘anti-terror’ legislation in Bahrain and Egypt to crush dissent; repression of activists in Iran and UAE; Israel considers criminalising filming or recording Israeli soldiers as targeting of Palestinian journalists continues.

Bahraini protestors hold placards depicting portraits of Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Al-Wefaq opposition movement, to protest his arrest, in the village of Sitra, south of the capital Manama, 29 January 2016, MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images

Celebrated Emirati human rights defender receives 10-year prison sentence; Palestinian journalists face most violence in years at hands of Israeli forces; plus Egypt, Tunisia, Beirut Pride, and more.