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Danya Hajjaji earned an MS in Journalism from Columbia University and a BA in Media and Communications from the University of Sussex. Her areas of interest include human rights, social issues and culture stories.

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Saudi pro-government Twitter storm 'bullies' Bloomberg affiliate into censorship

31 August, 2020

As journalist Jad Ghosn announced he was hired by Bloomberg Asharq, pro-Saudi bots unearthed his tweets criticising Riyadh, exposing the editorial limits of Middle East-based partnerships with Western media oultets

Trump expects Saudi Arabia, Iran to join UAE-Israel deal

20 August, 2020

US President Donald Trump said he expects Saudi Arabia and Iran to follow the UAE's footsteps and normalise ties with Israel.

Lebanese consulate closed after consul general slammed as 'Nazi'

12 August, 2020

Lebanon's consul general in New York has come under fire after a series of Nazi sympathising comments she allegedly made surfaced on social media.

Three Saudi men arrested over tweets mourning late dissident

22 July, 2020

Three men were arrested in Saudi Arabia after posting tweets mourning activist Abdullah Al-Hamid, who died in detention in April.

Celebrating Juneteenth in the age of Black Lives Matter

19 June, 2020

Juneteenth, an annual celebration commemorating a 19th century proclamation that freed slaves in Texas, comes with deep significance amid this year's Black Lives Matter protests.

Egypt LGBTQ+ activist arrested for flying Pride flag dies

14 June, 2020

Social media users mourned the passing of Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist Sarah Hegazi, who was arrested and tortured by authorities for flying a rainbow flag at a concert.

Dear Arab celebrities: You can't support #BlackLivesMatter in blackface

09 June, 2020

A new social media trend saw famous Arabs wearing blackface in a tone-deaf attempt to take a stand against racism. Instead, it spoke volumes about the Arab world's anti-blackness problem.

Kuwait transgender woman imprisoned after speaking out on abuse

06 June, 2020

Social media users rallied around a Kuwaiti transgender woman who surrendered herself to police after she spoke out on her alleged sexual assault at the hands of authorities.

Brown University inaugurates 'Mahmoud Darwish' chair for Palestinian studies

27 May, 2020

Brown University has appointed a prominent Middle Eastern history professor as its first faculty chair in Palestinian Studies, a position named after Palestinian literary figure Mahmoud Darwish.

Egyptian actor supports trans son, activists see timid step

19 May, 2020

When a prominent Egyptian actor came forward as the parent of a trans son, Arab LGBTQ+ activists said a long-overdue conversation had begun, but not without its flaws.

UNICEF welcomes Sudan's criminalisation of female genital mutilation

29 April, 2020

Sudan's transitional government has officially criminalised female genital mutilation, according to UNICEF.

Violet Organization: The Syrian NGO battling coronavirus in Idlib

24 April, 2020

The New Arab's series 'Together Against Coronavirus' looks at how NGOs in the Middle East and beyond are tackling Covid-19.

Danya Hajjaji
Danya Hajjaji

Danya Hajjaji earned an MS in Journalism from Columbia University and a BA in Media and Communications from the University of Sussex. Her areas of interest include human rights, social issues and culture stories.

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