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Why US sanctions are a blow to free expression

Why US sanctions are a blow to free expression

If you live in Cuba, Iran or Sudan, and are using the increasingly popular online education tool Coursera, you are likely encounter some access difficulties from this week onwards. Coursera has been included in the US export sanctions regime. Milana Knezevic writes

Three years after Arab Spring officials thwart digital dissent

Three years after Arab Spring officials thwart digital dissent

The “social media revolutions” once had tyrants fearing their imminent demise. Now Twitter users from Marrakech to Manama know — call for political reforms, joke about a sensitive topic, or expose government abuse and you could end up in jail. Adrian Shahbaz reports

Paul Conroy: “War journalists must avoid being used as propaganda”

Paul Conroy: “War journalists must avoid being used as propaganda”

The acclaimed war photographer spoke at the Cheltenham Literature Festival about the changing impact of journalism in conflict. Rachael Jolley reports

#withoutwords provides safe space for Syrian artists

#withoutwords provides safe space for Syrian artists

A new London exhibition displays fine arts and visual installations from Syrian artists influenced by the conflict engulfing their country, Melody Patry writes

When polls go wrong: Al Jazeera Arabic edition

When polls go wrong: Al Jazeera Arabic edition

Al Jazeera Arabic has posted an eyebrow-raising poll on their website, where they ask who has turned Syria’s revolution into a sectarian conflict. Voters can choose from two options: “Shia” and “Sunni.” Really? Special thanks to @Falasteeni for the link

Birthday wishes for Bassel Khartabil

Birthday wishes for Bassel Khartabil

Software engineer and open-source advocate Bassel Khartabil spent his second birthday in prison yesterday. Index calls on the Syrian government to release Khartabil.
Bassel’s second birthday in prison

Today is Bassel’s second birthday in prison

Today is Bassel’s second birthday in prison

Software engineer and open-source advocate Bassel Khartabil will spend his second birthday in prison today. On his birthday and the 799th day of Syria's conflict, Index calls on the Syrian government to release Khartabil. We've asked friends of Bassel from around the world to share their birthday messages to him

Syrian free speech advocates facing terror charges

Syrian free speech advocates facing terror charges

Members of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression are currently facing terror charges for their work fighting censorship. Sara Yasin reports

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