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· October, 2019

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from October, 2019

Netizen Report: How are protests in Lebanon affecting digital rights?

Protests continue in Lebanon, phone service is back in Kashmir (but the internet is still down) and Egyptians are getting censored on Twitter.

Iran’s drive to block international services continues with Google Play ban

The decision to block Google Play is consistent with the authorities' strategy to foist home-grown Iranian apps and services on Iranian internet users and limit the availability of international services. 

Ahead of Tunisia elections, social media was flooded with mis- and disinformation

In the months leading up to the elections, mis- and disinformation spread widely across social media platforms, Facebook in particular.

Algerian government cracks down as demonstrators protest presidential elections

The Algerian government has tried to stop peaceful marches, but failed. Protesters stop at nothing to reach their stated goal of ending the post-independence political system.

Netizen Report: Iraq and Ecuador face network shutdowns amid public protests

Networks are down in Turkey, Iraq and Ecuador; US tech companies are cutting off Venezuelans; and gatekeepers continue holding back content related to Hong Kong protests.

From Syria to the world: Notes on tyranny, war and despair

Based on actual events and stories, these Notes send the message that Syrians deserve to live in peace, dignity and freedom—just like everyone else in the world.

An Exiled Nation: Saharawi advocates call on the world to support self-determination for Western Sahara

The Saharawi people have lived in exile since 1975, when, following Spain’s withdrawal from Africa, the Moroccan and Mauritanian armies occupied the resource-rich territory in Western Sahara where the Saharawi...

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