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Afef Abrougui

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28 April 2020

Setbacks for freedom of expression as Tunisia fights COVID-19

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Two bloggers have been arrested for accusing local authorities of corruption in relation to aid distribution, while a journalist who criticized the health minister faced insults online. 

Despite COVID-19, no respite for human rights crackdowns in Egypt

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Prominent blogger and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah has gone on a hunger strike to protest his unlawful detention, his family said.

9 April 2020

Tunisia has a disinformation problem, but (further) criminalizing speech won't solve it

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Following outcry from human rights groups and citizens, a controversial bill that sought to criminalize the spread of ‘’fake news’’ online was quickly withdrawn.  

27 March 2020

Algeria's crackdown on dissent persists with detention of journalists

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More than a year since the start of Algeria's countrywide protests to demand political and economic reforms, the government continues to resort to repressive tactics to silence critics and journalists.

24 January 2020

Morocco intensifies crackdown on freedom of expression

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Morocco has a dire record of cracking down on freedom of expression, independent media and press freedom media.

9 August 2019

UAE frees activist Osama al-Najjar after 5 years in detention

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Despite serving his three-year sentence in March 2017, al-Najjar remained in arbitrary detention.

8 July 2019

Post-election crackdown in Mauritania: Internet shutdown lifted, journalist remains in detention

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Despite ending a 10-day internet shutdown, the government continues to restrict press freedom and freedom of expression as part of its post-election crackdown.

8 May 2019

Mauritanian blogger escaped the death penalty, but remains behind bars

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Ould Mkhaitir was prosecuted for writing an article in which he criticised the role of religion in Mauritania’s caste system.

15 April 2019

Jailed UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor continues hunger strike

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Mansoor is serving ten years in jail after a court convicted him of publishing false information and rumours on social media.

12 April 2019

Free by day, jailed by night: Egyptian activists speak out against conditional release

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Activists, who have recently been released from prison, only enjoy freedom from 6am to 6pm.

8 April 2019

Morocco’s Hirak movement has gone quiet, but the crackdown on independent media continues

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The movement triggered a backlash for independent journalists and people who wanted to document the protests and ensuing crackdown.

4 April 2019

Mauritanian bloggers face defamation charges for reporting on corruption

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The public prosecution accuses the two bloggers of spreading what it deemed were "false" reports of corruption allegations against the Mauritanian President.

How pro-government media in Morocco use “fake news” to target and silence Rif activists

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While the internet can provide a platform for marginalized voices, it can also facilitate their victimization.

29 March 2019

#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abd El Fattah released after five years in prison

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Alaa was a leading voice among Egyptian bloggers and technology activists in Cairo approaching and during the Egyptian Revolution.

25 March 2019

Two years after completing his sentence, Emirati activist Osama al-Najjar remains in detention

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Al-Najjar was arrested over tweets calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in the Emirates.

19 March 2019

Activists speak out against Iraq's cybercrime bill

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The bill prescribes lengthy prisons sentences, including life imprisonment, for speech-related offences.

13 March 2019

Scheduled release of Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El Fattah delayed by 10 days

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The #FreeAlaa campaign reassured supporters that the delay is not a cause for concern for now.

4 March 2019

Photojournalist Mahmoud ‘Shawkan’ Abu Zeid walks free, after more than five years in prison

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Shawkan, who was working for Demotix at the time of his arrest, spent almost four years in pre-trial detention.

25 February 2019

How Saudi leaders are using religion to consolidate power and silence critical voices

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''Oppression is a comprehensive system, and [in our country] it is enabled by religion.'' 

18 February 2019

EU proposal pushes tech companies to tackle ‘terrorist content’ with AI, despite implications for war crimes evidence

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AI tools can assess whether a video is violent or graphic. But can they determine the video’s intended purpose?

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