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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.
In an interview with IFEX, cartoonist Khalid Gueddar, who recently launched the first-ever satirical weekly newspaper in Morocco, discussed his new venture, the challenges that stand in his way, and his aspirations for the future of satire in Morocco.
The detention of Syndicate President Yahya Qallash, Vice President Khalid el Balshi and General Secretary Gamal Abdulrahim is the latest in an aggressive campaign by the Sisi government to control the media.
Amid the chaos and crackdowns that have characterized post-revolution Egypt, prominent human rights lawyer Gamal Eid has remained steadfast in his defense of human rights for all. For that, he has been consistently hounded by a regime determined to muzzle the last remaining independent voices in the country.
An open letter from IFEX calls for dropping of sanctions and life imprisonment charges against Gamal Eid and Hossam Bahgat.
Emad Mubarak is the founder of the Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression. He has over 10 years' experience in defending and promoting the right to free expression in Egypt. In this exclusive article for IFEX, Mubarak shares invaluable insight into the desperate state of affairs in Egypt today.
Social media was one of the driving forces behind the 2011 revolution in Egypt, yet today, Alaa Abd El Fattah, blogger, software designer, and an icon of Egypt’s digital revolution, is behind bars.
Yara Sallam, an Egyptian human rights lawyer and feminist, spent over a year in prison under the draconian protest law – a law that is being used to jail and restrain activists such as her, and which she had been researching when she was arrested.
Rights-focused independent civil society groups are more important now than ever to Egyptian society. And yet, although their independence is guaranteed in the constitution, the current government has been employing every tool at its disposal to silence them.
Following the January 2011 revolution, Egyptian universities were making great gains in the fight for academic freedom and independence. Today, under the pretence of combatting terrorism, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's government has cracked down hard on university campuses — the last refuges for debate and dissent.
Alaa Abdel Fattah is an Egyptian blogger, software developer, and an iconic symbol of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Activism runs in his family. Unfortunately, so does imprisonment.
Imprisoned activists across Egypt are going on hunger strikes to protest being deprived of their basic rights.
At the core of new initiatives against sexual assault in Egypt is a drive to create a safe space for women to ensure their participation in society and politics, says Sarah El Sirgany.
Milestones in the IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group campaign since its inception in 2004.
Back in 2005, 13 members came together as the IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG) to highlight serious violations of free expression, including rampant Internet censorship in Tunisia as it...
As four human rights defenders are brought to trial on charges of "inciting an unarmed gathering," and another is sent to jail, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and other rights groups express alarm about the increasing crackdown on human rights defenders in the aftermath of the amendments to the law on associations in December 2011.
This past week, Egypt's 30-year-old emergency law expired and former President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters during Egypt's uprising. Yet the future for free expression in Egypt remains in doubt, say the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and other IFEX members.
One of Morocco's most famous rappers and activists was handed a one-year jail sentence on 11 May for "insulting the police" through a video, report the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Human Rights Watch and Freedom House.
Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) are urging Libya's interim government to repeal a broad new law that bans criticising last year's revolution and spreading false news or "propaganda" that endangers the state.
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Security forces marked Martyr's Day on 9 April in Tunisia by dispersing thousands of protesters - including more than a dozen journalists - with tear gas and truncheons. It is just the latest sign that despite Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali being the first dictator to fall in the Arab uprisings, old-style free expression violations continue, reports the IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG), a coalition of 21 IFEX members.