Category : UAE

Governments using virus as cover to restrict newspapers

alt informationSeveral countries have banned publishers from producing and distributing print newspapers and magazines to stop the spread of the Covid virus despite a lack of scientific evidence

Dear Andy Burnham, name a street in Manchester after Ahmed Mansoor

alt informationAndy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester Manchester, UK [email protected] 31 May 2018 Dear Mayor Burnham, The undersigned organisations are writing to you to request your support for the release of the award-winning Emirati human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, sentenced this week to ten years in prison for his human rights activism. We believe that this […]

International voices call on UAE to release Ahmed Mansoor

alt informationIndex on Censorship joins an international coalition calling on the government of the United Arab Emirates to free Ahmed Mansoor.

Press freedom must not be used as a bargaining chip

alt informationThe call by four Arab states -- UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt -- for Qatar to close news network Al Jazeera is clearly motivated by a desire to control the media in the region.

UAE: Free human rights defender Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith

alt informationWe, the undersigned NGOs, call on the authorities to immediately release human rights defender and professor of economics Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith, who remains in detention

UAE: Human rights organisations renew call for release of peaceful activists

alt informationOn the third anniversary of the start of the mass trial of 94 individuals, including government critics and advocates of reform, 10 human rights organisations appeal to the government of the United Arab Emirates to release immediately and unconditionally all those imprisoned

UAE: Repression, torture and Twitter

alt informationEmirati citizens are using social media platforms to criticise security services for growing levels of repression with authorities responding in kind by arresting and torturing them. Rori Donaghy reports

UAE: American citizen in maximum-security prison over satirical YouTube video

alt informationShezanne Cassim was arrested for posting a mock documentary spoofing youth culture in Dubai

UAE: Activist sentenced to two years in prison for tweeting

alt informationWaleed al-Shehhi was accused of "endangering state security" and "harming the reputation of the state" for tweeting about a trial

The free speech agenda for John Kerry’s “listening trip”

The US Secretary of State is headed for the Middle East and the Gulf. Sara Yasin explains the censorship issues in the region he needs to hear about

Social media grows across the Gulf

The Gulf monarchies have, in recent years, invested considerable resources and efforts in finding ways to censor interactions between their citizens, and between their citizens and other parties. As such, each new communications technology that has become available in the region has either been sponsored by the state, for example, the state-backed newspapers, radio stations, […]

UAE blogger and activist beaten

Prominent UAE blogger Ahmed Mansoor says that he was beaten by an unidentified man on 17 September. Mansoor was attacked as he was approaching his car at Ajman University of Science and Technology, where he studies law. The attacker knocked Mansoor to the ground and began punching him, but ran away once people entered the […]