Category : Middle East and North Africa

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.

Murad Subay: Yemen’s war makes a month feel like a year

The Index award winner talks about the war in Yemen, president Trump's travel ban his involvement in a prize for aspiring artists from around the world

Groups urge Boris Johnson to call for release of Nabeel Rajab

International organisations call on the British foreign minister to pressure Bahrain to end judicial harassment of human rights advocate Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain: Court postpones trial of Nabeel Rajab for an eighth time

A Bahraini court has postponed human rights activist Nabeel Rajab's trial date for an eighth time until 21 February

Bahrain renews detention of human rights activist Nabeel Rajab

Index award-winning human rights activist Nabeel Rajab’s pre-trial detention was renewed for a further 15 days by Bahrain's Public Prosecution on 5 January according to Nabeel’s lawyer.

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab remains in prison despite court order for his release

Nabeel Rajab, the prominent Bahraini human rights activist who has been held in prison for the past seven months, was due to be released on bail but remains in Jau prison.