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· September, 2016

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from September, 2016

8 September 2016

Algerian Court Upholds Conviction of Activist Jailed for Insulting Islam on Facebook

Advox

Despite having his sentenced decreased by two years, Bouhafs will still remain in jail for expressing his views.

7 September 2016

Angered by Mobile App Censorship, Saudis Ask: ‘What's the Point of Having Internet?’

Advox

Saudi Arabia, which already blocks WhatsApp, Viber and Skype, has angered users by blocking the messaging and voice calling app LINE.

Hackers Exploit Android Flaw to Target Iranian Activists

Advox

Suspected state-sponsored hackers have intensified their attempts to break into the online accounts of Iranian rights activists in recent weeks by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Android smartphones.

5 September 2016

Turkish Academicians Call for Solidarity Amid Post-Coup Attempt Witch Hunt

"I believe a denunciation mechanism is in action. Everyone is trying to take advantage of the current atmosphere to reinforce their power."

Bahraini Court Refuses to Release Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab, Delays Verdict

Advox

Rajab faces up to 15 years in jail for tweeting about the Saudi-led war in Yemen and denouncing incidents of torture in a Bahraini prison.

4 September 2016

Jailed Iranian Nuclear Scientist Tweets About His New Conditional Freedom

After five years of imprisonment, Twitter -- the online platform that led his freedom campaign -- was how nuclear scientist Omid Kokabee first communicated with the world after his release.

Hundreds of Thousands Join Saudi Women-Led Campaign to End Male Guardianship in the Kingdom

Hundreds of thousands of online users have joined a Saudi women-lead campaign to end male guardianship in the kingdom.

3 September 2016

In This Traditional Turkish Candy Shop, a Daughter Takes Her Turn

The Old City of Istanbul has long been a man's world. But inside one fifth-generation candy shop, times are changing.

2 September 2016

After Two Months on Hunger Strike, Jailed Algerian Journalist Enters Coma

Advox

Mohamad Tamalt went on hunger strike on 27 June to protest his arrest and imprisonment. He is in jail for insulting the Algerian President online.

Iran Declares ‘Unveiling’ of Its National Intranet

Advox

Iran declared a grand "unveiling" of its national internet. But what's really new here? We analyze the project and the government performance around its so-called "unveiling".

26 Years After the End of the Lebanese Civil War, Families of the Disappeared Still Demand Justice

"We have been calling on the Lebanese state... to dig up mass graves and reveal the fate of my brother and many others, but our state has done absolutely nothing."

1 September 2016

Lebanon’s Many Environmental Issues Are Back in the Spotlight With Greenpeace Visit

It's no coincidence that Greenpeace chose Lebanon for the launch of its Mediterranean tour promoting the use of solar energy.

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