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· July, 2018

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from July, 2018

30 July 2018

A young Syrian widow from Eastern Ghouta on her forced displacement

The Bridge

"Remember my story. My name is Safa. I was born thirty years ago. Today, I'm forcibly displaced from my home with my three children. I'm now alone, sad and tired."

27 July 2018

From state censorship to western stereotypes, an interview with Iranian artist Maryam Palizgir

Maryam Palzigir's experience fought against both state censorship of artistic expression in Iran and now Western stereotypes of Iranians in the U.S.

Will a World Cup joke force France to have a necessary conversation about Africa?

The Bridge

"By calling them an African team it seems you are denying their Frenchness."

Southern Iraq rages over dire living conditions

With frequent power cuts intensifying the effects of a brutal heatwave, people have taken to the streets to demand better public services, jobs and an end to corruption.

25 July 2018

Why Syrian refugees in Lebanon fear going back to an Assad-controlled Syria

Syrian refugees in Lebanon fear reprisals by the Assad regime in the form of homelessness, forced conscription, torture, or worse.

20 July 2018

Jordanians lend a hand to displaced Syrians despite the government's insistence on closed borders

Over 250 doctors and nurses are camping out at the border to help anyone who seeks medical attention among the estimated 40,000 displaced Syrians at the border with Jordan.

19 July 2018

Netizen Report: Israeli legislators look at new laws that would stifle speech and surveil the public

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

18 July 2018

‘If it isn’t recorded, it didn’t happen': Israel moves to restrict photo documentation of military activity

Advox

Israeli legislators are pushing two bills that would further restrict speech by activists and journalists critical of its policies in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.

11 July 2018

Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Advox

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

What's happened to digital rights over the past seven years? 300 editions of the Netizen Report will tell you

Advox

This week, we're looking back at seven years of covering global digital rights news in celebration of our 300th edition!

10 July 2018

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of July 2-8, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 203 countries. Number 19 on the list? Madagascar. And number 114? Timor-Leste.

4 July 2018

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of June 25-July 1, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 197 countries. Number 19 on the list? Angola. And number 185? Seychelles.

3 July 2018

Lebanese journalist sentenced to prison in absentia, for ‘defaming’ foreign minister on Facebook

Advox

From exile in the UK, Fidaa Itani says the sentence marks the end of an era for free expression in Lebanon.

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