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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.
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.
Atena Farghadani, is serving a 12-year prison sentence in Iran for a cartoon. She faces an additional sentence, alongside her lawyer, for indecent behaviour, for shaking hands with him when he visited her in prison.
Sentenced to 15 years in prison and a 15-year travel ban following his release, Saudi lawyer and rights advocate Waleed Abulkhair—the recipient of numerous human rights awards—is paying a steep price for challenging the views and practices of Saudi Arabia’s religious and political leaders.
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.
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.
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.
ISIS has been steadily strengthening its grip on social media, it has proved how effective its means of recruitment online can be, and has displayed how fast it can spread propaganda on the Internet. These are strong weapons in any war. So who is fighting back?
Despite his imprisonment, cartoonist Mohamed Saba’aneh continues to speak out for Palestinians with his art.
The implications of the decision by The Sunday Times to refuse all work out of Syria offered by freelancers.
IFEX member the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms responds to David Swick's piece about the challenges of reporting on Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Journalism ethics professor David Swick offers advice to journalists wanting to cover a topic that engenders passionate disagreement and charges of biased reporting.
Citizen journalist Rami Jarrah talks about why he risked his life to document a brutal government crackdown in Syria.
Authorities have arrested at least 22 protesters and nine activists and writers since late May, in what the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has called "the largest [crackdown] in months that has reached prominent members of the opposition and journalists."
Five citizen journalists were killed in two days in Syria last month, cementing the country's position as the world's worst for journalists in 2012, say the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
One of the "UAE 5" activists who spent seven months in jail last year after posting anti-government statements is allegedly set to be deported to the Comoros Islands, a country near Madagascar that he has never visited, report Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
A citizen journalist was sentenced to death last week in Syria after giving a series of interviews to Al Jazeera, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). To help protect sources, CPJ lists four precautions international journalists should take.
Bahrain has announced a retrial for hunger-striking political activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and 20 others accused of plotting against the state in the Arab Spring protests last year, report the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), the Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International and Human Rights Watch. The IFEX members are disappointed that the activists remain in custody pending the retrial, and are calling for their immediate release.
Kuwait's parliament has provisionally voted in favour of a legal amendment that could make insulting God and the Prophet Mohammed punishable by death, reports the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI).
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A bill on "information-technology crimes" with particularly broad wording and harsh punishments is due to come before Iraq's parliament this month. More than 40 IFEX members and partners have banded together to try to stop it, at the initiative of ARTICLE 19 and Access Now.