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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. He is also a prisoner, detained in Syria since February 2012 despite international efforts to secure his release.
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).
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.
Syrian security forces shot and killed two freelance British journalists and wounded a third during an attack on Monday in Darkoush near the Turkish border, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Meanwhile, a Kurdish citizen journalist has been kidnapped and murdered, says Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Since an official commission of inquiry reported last November, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) has documented at least 31 "extrajudicial killings" in Bahrain. Most of the deaths were from teargas inhalation, including three in the past week alone, and three were as a result of torture in custody, says BCHR in a new report. Human Rights Watch also issued its own report following a national commission's assessment that lauded the government's progress.
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On 15 March, the one-year anniversary of democracy protests in Syria, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has found the government to blame for at least five of the eight journalists killed. Even with the international spotlight on recent unrest, journalists and bloggers continue to be targeted with arrests and detentions, and the staff of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) are still being held, report CPJ, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).