Category : Middle East and North Africa

Journalists in northern Syria face intimidation and insecurity every day

alt informationIn March, the Violation Documentation Center reported on the arrest of two journalists in Jarabulus by the local Turkish-backed security intelligence.

Podcast: Freedom of Expression Awards 2019 Winners’ Roundtable

alt informationA special edition of the Index on Censorship podcast celebrating the winners of the Freedom of Expression Awards 2019.

ECRF: We believe in human rights for all Egyptians and we are willing to pay the price

alt informationThe Egyptian government has waged an organised campaign against independent civil society groups and has become increasingly hostile to dissent. ECRF is one of the few human rights organisations still operating in the country.

Groups call on Michelle Bachelet for heightened UN scrutiny of human rights violations in Bahrain

alt informationNGOs call for co-ordinated international action and public scrutiny to address the government of Bahrain's ongoing attacks on civil society and to hold the kingdom accountable to its commitments to international human rights laws and standards

ECRF: As long as there are people defending human rights in Egypt, there is hope

alt informationThe Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, winner of the 2018 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Campaigning, is one of the few remaining human rights organisations in Egypt

Bahraini injustice: Nabeel Rajab conviction for tweeting upheld

alt informationBahrain’s Court of Cassation has upheld human rights activist Nabeel Rajab’s five-year conviction for critical tweets made from his account condemning Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen and the use of torture at Bahrain’s notorious Jau Prison.

Egyptian court upholds prison sentence against Amal Fathy

alt informationAn Egyptian court on Sunday upheld a two-year prison sentence against activist Amal Fathy, who had been detained since May after posting a Facebook video that criticised sexual harassment in Egypt. Fathy was released following a court hearing on 27 December but remains under house arrest.

Open letter to Bahraini authorities: Drop all charges and release Nabeel Rajab

alt informationNGOs are concerned that, with Nabeel Rajab's appeal hearing scheduled on 31 December, authorities may be planning to increase his sentence under cover of the world's celebrations of the new year.

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent

alt informationIndex on Censorship joins with dozens of civil society organisations to call for Saudi Arabia to be held accountable for grave human rights violations.

Egypt sentences Amal Fathy for video on sexual harassment

alt informationIndex on Censorship condemns the sentence handed down to Amal Fathy - an Egyptian woman who made a video about her experience of sexual harassment.