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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.

A Lebanese woman tries to connect to the internet without success at a cafe in Beirut, 5 July 2012, JOSEPH EID/AFP/GettyImages

Muhal is SMEX’s ongoing, evidence-based campaign to document detentions and arrests related to online freedom of speech in Lebanon.

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.

More than 170 organizations from over 60 countries that make up the #KeepitOn Coalition reacted to a reported internet shutdown in Zimbabwe.

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.

A Syrian man and his family who have found refuge in Bloomfield Township, MI, speak to their daughter in Turkey using WhatsApp video chat, 29 January 2017, Fabrizio Costantini for the "Washington Post"

The Syrian Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced that it may soon begin blocking voice and video calls on WhatsApp and other Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.