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Afef Abrougui

Afef is a Tunisian journalist and consultant focusing on free expression, internet freedom and privacy issues.

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7 December 2016

Sudanese Government Targets Activists, Stifles Media Coverage of Civil Disobedience

Global Voices Advocacy

The civil disobedience action began on 27 November after the government removed subsidies on electricity, fuel and medicine.

16 November 2016

Omani Film Critic Sentenced to Jail Over Facebook Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

"As long as there is a human being exploiting a human being, there are revolutionary dreams, and dreams make the future."

4 November 2016

Demystifying Social Media Censorship — in Arabic, Spanish and English

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media platforms have terms of use that restrict several types of content including nudity, hate speech, and violence. But these difficult-to-define rules are always subject to interpretation.

3 November 2016

In Oman, Independent Media Suspended Until Further Notice

Global Voices Advocacy

Albalad is the second independent media to stop publishing of its own accord this year. Another newspaper, Alzamn, was suspended by the government last August.

26 October 2016

Morocco Unblocks VoIP Applications Ahead of UN Climate Conference

Global Voices Advocacy

"To avoid being seen as a police state during the #COP22, Morocco temporarily unblocks VoIP services," tweeted one user.

9 October 2016

WhatsApp Reportedly Blocked in Yemen, Mobile Operator Cites ‘Technical Issues’

Global Voices Advocacy

Censorship of online content has surged in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict opposing Houthi rebels and forces loyal to president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

7 October 2016

Tunisian Teen Risks Suspension for Denouncing Poor School Conditions on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

The school administration has accused Hamza Batti of engaging in a "smear campaign" against it.

29 September 2016

Kuwait Detains Activist Sara Al-Drees for Insulting the Country's Ruler

Global Voices Advocacy

The pro-democracy activist has previously served jail time for the same charge.

26 September 2016

Jordanian Authorities Impose Media Gag After Writer's Killing

Global Voices Advocacy

Jordanian authorities have banned media coverage of the assassination of Nahed Hattar, a writer who was shot dead on September 25 by a gunman in the capital Amman.

24 September 2016

Sudanese Authorities Use ‘Pornography’ as Evidence in Criminal Trial of Human Rights Advocates

Global Voices Advocacy

Sudanese authorities are using what they deem as "pornographic" and "immoral" evidence in a trial of ten civil society activists, six of whom are facing capital punishment charges.

20 September 2016

The UAE Has Avoided an ‘Arab Spring’ by Systematically Repressing Critical Speech

Global Voices Advocacy

Wary of an Arab-Spring like uprising within its borders, the UAE government launched an unprecedented crackdown on critics and activists.

8 September 2016

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

Global Voices Advocacy

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?’

Global Voices Advocacy

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

5 September 2016

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

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

2 September 2016

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

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

26 January 2016

Local Media Coverage of Tunisia's Job Protests Under Criticism

Despite the protesters distancing themselves from vandalism and looting, the media has been focusing on them alone, instead of providing enough coverage of the protesters' demands.

24 January 2016

What You Need to Know About the Recent Job Protests in Tunisia

Five years later, Tunisians are back on the streets protesting for "jobs, freedom and dignity." Tunisian blogger Afef Abrougui tells us what happened.

17 August 2015

Human Rights Protections Weaken as Tunisia Fights Terror

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite the PM's reassurance that "people can talk or write whatever they like," authorities have been cracking down on speech.

13 August 2015

Should Conspiracy Theories Enjoy Free Speech Protections?

Global Voices Advocacy

To what extent, should conspiracy theories enjoy free speech protections? Three members of the Global Voices community share their thoughts.

28 June 2015

Tunisians Point Fingers at Government Security Failures After Resort Attack

In the aftermath of a beach resort attack that left 39 people dead, Tunisians are criticizing their government's security failures.

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