Category : Middle East and North Africa

Bahrain: NGOs express concern over arrest of photojournalist Sayed Ahmed Salman al-Mousawi

We, the undersigned, express our deep concern with the government of Bahrain’s continued targeting of journalists, which further restricts free press and expression in the country

Bahrain: Wa’ad calls for solidarity against its dissolution

The opposition group is facing dissolution and is calling on political and human rights organisations worldwide to offer solidarity

Bahrain: Global leaders must speak out against human rights abuses

Index on Censorship is deeply concerned about the deteriorating conditions for freedom of expression and human rights in Bahrain.

#IndexAwards2017: Jensiat illustrates cyber security and sexuality in Iran

With public sexual health awareness low, the three people behind Jensiat, an online graphic novel, saw an opportunity to link the issue with cyber security

#IndexAwards2017: Breaking the Silence brings Hebron to Tel Aviv

For exposing the realities of life in the Occupied Territories, Breaking the Silence has faced a barrage of attacks from the government

Bahrain: Opposition figure faces charges for free speech

Bahrain’s decision to file charges against Ebrahim Sharif underscores the country’s tactical use of judicial harassment to suppress freedom of speech. Ebrahim Sharif, the former secretary-general of the secular opposition group National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad), was charged with “inciting racial hatred against the regime” under article 165 of Bahrain’s penal code. The alleged offenses […]

Lindsey Hilsum: The danger of reporting behind the lines

In the summer 2016 issue of Index on Censorship magazine award-winning journalist Lindsey Hilsum asks if reporters should still be heading to warzones.

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab trial postponed until 16 April

The trial of jailed Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab on charges of spreading "rumours and false news" was deferred for a second time on 7 March until 16 April.

Zaina Erhaim: “No one is left in Aleppo”

The Index-award winning journalist Zaina Erhaim was due to travel to the USA this month along with three other Syrian women to screen their documentary series, Syria’s Rebellious Women

Inside Syria’s war: The extreme dangers faced by local reporters

A Syrian citizen journalist on the realities of reporting in a country where a pseudonym and bulletproof vest offer little protection from constant danger

Bahrain: Rights activist facing two trials in March

Bahrain's government continues its judicial harassment of Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain’s Day of Rage, six years on

A reading list looking at Bahrain's uprising six years on.