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28 September 2016 |

Nahed Hattar's assassination exposes Jordan's dark side

Nahed Hattar's assassination exposes Jordan's dark side The assassination of a controversial writer charged with "insulting Islam" over a cartoon he shared on Facebook hints at much deeper issues than a lone-wolf shooter.
31 August 2016 |

Prisoners inside the state: Bahrain grounds Nedal Al-Salman from traveling to UN

Prisoners inside the state: Bahrain grounds Nedal Al-Salman from traveling to UN IFEX member Nedal Al-Salman latest human rights defender prevented from leaving Bahrain by arbitrary travel ban.
12 August 2016 |

How governments chip away at rights defenders' freedom and spirit

How governments chip away at rights defenders' freedom and spirit Jail sentences, torture and disappearances make the headlines. But, as rights defenders in Bahrain, Egypt and Turkey have found out, other forms of harassment can leave deep scars too.
27 July 2016 |

Profile: Bahraini women's rights advocate Ghada Jamsheer

Profile: Bahraini women's rights advocate Ghada Jamsheer Bahraini women’s rights activist Ghada Jamsheer has been a thorn in the side of King Hamad’s image of a progressive reformist, and she has been punished for it.
11 July 2016 |

Nabeel Rajab: 'Prison did not defeat me, I defeated prison'

Nabeel Rajab: 'Prison did not defeat me, I defeated prison' With over 300,000 followers on Twitter, Bahraini rights defender Nabeel Rajab's activism online has undeniably made him a voice of influence in Bahrain and the region at large. Unfortunately, his persistence in exposing state violations online has also led to several run-ins with the law, the most recent of which has landed him in solitary confinement.
11 April 2016 |

Profile: Ahmad Zeidabadi, a journalist banned from practising journalism

Profile: Ahmad Zeidabadi, a journalist banned from practising journalism For his work as a journalist and political analyst in Iran, Ahmad Zeidabadi has been subjected to arrest, jail, torture, exile, and, to top it all of, a lifetime ban from all public and political activity, including journalism.
24 March 2016 |

Profile: Bassel Khartabil

Profile: Bassel Khartabil The story of the man who inspired Wikipedia, Mozilla, Creative Commons and thousands of activists around the world to band together behind the rallying cry: #WhereIsBassel?
11 December 2015 |

Syria's anonymous collectives: AbouNaddara

Syria's anonymous collectives: AbouNaddara This is part four of a four-part series on the men and women illuminating some of Syria's darkest regions, often at grave personal risk.
8 December 2015 |

Syria's anonymous collectives: Documenting life amidst the chaos

Syria's anonymous collectives: Documenting life amidst the chaos In this four-part series on the men and women illuminating Syria's darkest regions, IFEX speaks to individuals working with four independent Syrian collectives operating anonymously inside the war-torn country to find out what motivates them to keep going despite the grave and often, fatal, risks involved.
7 December 2015 |

Syria's anonymous collectives: Radio Rozana

Syria's anonymous collectives: Radio Rozana This is part three of a four-part series on the men and women illuminating some of Syria's darkest regions, often at grave personal risk.
1 December 2015 |

Syria's anonymous collectives: Eye on the Homeland

Syria's anonymous collectives: Eye on the Homeland This is part two of a four-part series on the men and women illuminating some of Syria's darkest regions, often at grave personal risk.
27 November 2015 |

Syria's anonymous collectives: Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently

Syria's anonymous collectives: Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently This is the first instalment in a four-part series on the men and women illuminating some of Syria's darkest regions, often at grave personal risk.
10 November 2015 |

Profile: Yara Bader

Profile: Yara Bader Journalist and activist Yara Bader tirelessly campaigns for free speech in her country where foreign journalists and observers have little access, and independent voices are imprisoned, disappeared and murdered.
16 September 2015 |

Iraq's anti-corruption protests marred by wave of murders

Iraq's anti-corruption protests marred by wave of murders Several Iraqi provinces have witnessed the violent deaths of political activists and tribal leaders supportive of Iraq’s nation-wide anti-corruption protests. Undaunted by the killings and the government's apparent inability or unwillingness to respond to them, protesters have vowed to keep demonstrating until their demands are met.
15 September 2015 |

Profile: Iran's fearless human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh

Profile: Iran's fearless human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh Fearless and outspoken, Nasrin Sotoudeh is one of Iran’s most well-known human rights defenders. Denied her right to practice law in October 2013, she has held a daily picket outside the Iranian Bar Association which she says she will continue until the ban is lifted.
3 September 2015 |

Atena Farghadani: Cartoonish law

Atena Farghadani: Cartoonish law Artist Atena Farghadani, previously sentenced to 12 years in prison in Iran for a cartoon, has had her sentence commuted to 18 months.
22 June 2015 |

Waleed Abulkhair: A lawyer vs the Saudi establishment

Waleed Abulkhair: A lawyer vs the Saudi establishment Reform advocate and former Raif Badawi lawyer is paying a steep price for challenging the views of Saudi Arabia’s religious and political leaders.
19 June 2015 |

Profile: Raif Badawi

Profile: Raif Badawi After setting up an online discussion forum promoting free speech and liberalism, Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a 1,000 lashes; his forum was permanently shut down and the discussion threads in them deleted. In the writings that survived the purge, an image of a fearless thinker emerges.
28 April 2015 |

Profile: Mazen Darwish

Profile: Mazen Darwish Mazen Darwish is a renowned Syrian lawyer and advocate for free expression, internationally recognized as an invaluable source of information on the conflict in his country.
20 April 2015 |

Profile: Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

Profile: Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja Prominent Bahraini human rights advocate Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja spent 12 years in exile advocating for human rights in his homeland. When he returned, he was sentenced to life in prison for inspiring his fellow Bahrainis to do the same.


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