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Florence Massena is a freelance journalist based in Norway after six years spent in Lebanon. She reports on the environment, women's issues, human rights and refugees in the Middle East, Africa and Europe Follow her on Twitter: @FlorenceMassena

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Rights group urges Bahrain to free all political prisoners

19 April, 2021

Dozens of prisoners are estimated to suffering from Covid-19 in the Bahraini jails, and their families want them back home.

Generation Identity: The new face of Europe’s far-right movement

25 February, 2021

In-depth: France has said it will dissolve Generation Identity, one of Europe's fastest growing far-right youth movements.

Algerian activist Walid Nekiche 'tortured, sexually assaulted by police'

07 February, 2021

Arrested during a peaceful protest in Alger in November 2019, Walid Nekiche described to local newspaper the abuses he underwent until his release on February 1.

Report describes the treatment of Emirati activist in jail

27 January, 2021

Arrested in 2017, human rights defender Ahmad Mansour has undergone unfair and inhumane treatments from the UAE's authorities

With new US administration, the Khashoggi case could resurface

21 January, 2021

After Joe Biden was sworn in as its 46th president, the US faces questions on how to approach Jamal Khashoggi's murder blamed on the Saudi government, a key US ally.

Racist hashtag says Lebanese should get vaccine before refugees

20 January, 2021

A hashtag calling for Lebanese people to get vaccines before refugees has sparked renewed debate in Lebanon about racism, prejudice, and the right to medical care.

After Beirut blast, mental health is Lebanon's next crisis

01 September, 2020

Lebanon is on the verge of a mental health emergency after the trauma of the devastating Beirut explosion.

For domestic workers, Lebanon lockdown a recipe for abuse

10 April, 2020

Already deprived of basic rights and freedom, domestic migrant workers are now at greater risk of being abused as Lebanon remains under lockdown to battle Covid-19.

Lebanon's revolution is on hold but far from over

01 April, 2020

The Covid-19 lockdown may have put Lebanon's revolution on hold, but activists are organising despite the crisis and vow to renew the protest movement.

Sweden 'deporting' Lebanese couple despite 'death fatwas' back home

05 February, 2020

A couple who married in defiance of Lebanon's ban on civil unions then fled to Sweden risk being sent back after migration authorities judged their situation as 'safe'.

Sweden 'deporting' Lebanese couple despite 'death fatwas' back home

05 February, 2020

A couple who married in defiance of Lebanon's ban on civil unions then fled to Sweden risk being sent back after migration authorities judged their situation as 'safe'.

Slave to Sirens: Middle East's first female metal band

08 June, 2018

The New Arab Meets: An all-woman metal band breaking norms in Lebanon with a new sound. Florence Massena speaks to the women behind the music.

Florence Massena
Florence Massena

Florence Massena is a freelance journalist based in Norway after six years spent in Lebanon. She reports on the environment, women's issues, human rights and refugees in the Middle East, Africa and Europe Follow her on Twitter: @FlorenceMassena

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