Category : Middle East and North Africa

Iranian society has been taken hostage, says exiled documentary film-maker

alt informationVahid Zarezade and Gelareh Kakavand have been forced to flee the country after being interrogated and beaten for their work highlighting conditions in Iran's prisons

Egypt: Activist Abdelrahman ‘Moka’ Tarek is free

alt informationHuman rights groups who have been campaigning for several years for the release of the blogger and human rights defender can finally celebrate

Iran enters the multiverse of madness

alt informationThe Iranian government is holding propaganda events while attempting to silence protests against corruption following a building collapse in Abadan

Nominees for the 2022 Freedom of Expression Awards – Journalism

Meet the three shortlisted journalists for this year's award

Nominees for the 2022 Freedom of Expression Awards – Campaigning

Meet the three shortlisted campaigners and campaign groups for this year's award

Nominees for the 2022 Freedom of Expression Awards – Arts

Meet the four shortlisted artists for this year's award

Another deadly year for journalists

alt informationPalestinian reporter Shireen Abu Akleh becomes the 17th journalist to be killed while doing her job this year

Syria passes draconian cybercrime laws

alt informationCountry is latest to criminalise vaguely defined fake news to target human rights activists and journalists

In trying to protect us online, legislators risk silencing us

alt informationWe all want to protect each other from seeing the worst of humanity but we have no right not to be offended

Who is 2021’s Tyrant of the Year? WINNER ANNOUNCED

alt informationThe individual who has been voted the most oppressive in 2021 by Index readers has been named