Category : Middle East and North Africa

Marking seven years since the arrest of Raif Badawi

alt informationFree expression groups came together to mark seven years since the arrest of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.

Index on Censorship calls on French authorities to reverse decision on visa for artist

alt informationWe ask French authorities to reverse this decision and allow Murad, an Index fellow, to study

Zouhir al-Shimale: “I hope that one day I can see Syria under democratic rule”

alt information"As a native freelance journalist, you want the story of your country to be heard, and you get taken advantage of because of that."

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.