Stories about Middle East & North Africa from March, 2019
"There is no due process, there is no trial. Nobody knows when they are getting out."
#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abd El Fattah released after five years in prison
Alaa was a leading voice among Egyptian bloggers and technology activists in Cairo approaching and during the Egyptian Revolution.
Al-Najjar was arrested over tweets calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in the Emirates.
"He may have sought notoriety but we, in New Zealand, will give nothing — not even his name."
The bill prescribes lengthy prisons sentences, including life imprisonment, for speech-related offences.
"The Islamic Republic is struggling for its survival. Anyone with the potential of leading change is regarded as a significant threat by the authorities. Nasrin Sotoudeh is such a person."
The #FreeAlaa campaign reassured supporters that the delay is not a cause for concern for now.
"We need to consider that these meanings are not appropriate for our values or accepted by our society."
"We think that this campaign showed what sport can be, and our job as former players or athletes is to ensure that all sport becomes the vanguard for human rights."
Shawkan, who was working for Demotix at the time of his arrest, spent almost four years in pre-trial detention.
Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s leading digital activists await their release from prison, after years behind bars
Alaa and Shawkan are still waiting to get out, Algeria's internet is faltering, and Nepal has a new IT bill.