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Comment: With disinformation, intimidation of critics, and an array of fake accounts, Saudi Arabia has successfully turned Twitter into a weapon of authoritarian rule, writes disinformation expert

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

Rest in Power Reham Yacoub

Taif Alkhudary and Hayder Al-Shakeri

Rest in Power Reham Yacoub

Comment: Reham Yacoub's assassination is evidence of an increasingly restricted space for free speech and protest in Iraq, write Taif Alkhudary and Hayder Al-Shakeri.

Beirut blast conspiracy theories flood social media

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Beirut blast conspiracy theories flood social media

Within hours of the Beirut mega-blast, conspiracy theories on what caused the disaster in the Lebanese capital spread like wildfire on social ...

As BDS gains ground, Palestinian activists pay the price

Malia Bouattia

As BDS gains ground, Palestinian activists pay the price

Comment: Intimidation and detention without charge, as in the case of Palestinian activist Mahmoud Nawajaa, is a common Israeli tactic aided by ...

Jan-Peter Westad

Iyad el-Baghdadi: The pro-democracy activist taking on Arab autocrats

The New Arab Meets: Iyad el-Baghdadi, who rose to prominence during the Arab Spring as a vocal critic of anti-democratic regimes.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Expect 'lengthy' coronavirus pandemic, warns WHO

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to be a 'lengthy' one, the WHO said, after an evaluation.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Deepfake social media account used to attack Palestinian academic

A fake social media account of a Jewish man has been used to attack a Palestinian academic in a new frontier of disinformation.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Russian mercenaries planted land mines in Libya

The US military has accused Russia of sending mercenaries to fight in Libya.

Lebanese journalist hits back at misogynistic 'Saudi-linked' smear campaign

The New Arab Staff

Lebanese journalist hits back at misogynistic 'Saudi-linked' smear campaign

Ghada Oueiss has said she was targeted for presenting reports critical of powerful Arab royals.

The New Arab Staff

News outlets duped by fake Middle East analyst personas

Multiple news websites published propagandist Middle East takes by a network of fake analysts, according to an investigation by The Daily Beast.

Exiled Uighurs bring first-ever ICC claim against China

The New Arab Staff

Exiled Uighurs bring first-ever ICC claim against China

The evidence submitted includes torture, being forced to eat pork and drink alcohol, and birth control for Uyghur women.

Pompeo slams China’s forced sterilisation of Uighur Muslims

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pompeo slams China’s forced sterilisation of Uighur Muslims

China's Uighur minority have faced gross human rights abuses.

Algeria weighs plan to allow army deployments abroad

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Algeria weighs plan to allow army deployments abroad

Tebboune is considering a change in the constitution that would allow Algeria to deploy military abroad and experts are concerned this could ...

Saudi wealth fund 'shopping spree' disguises economic pain

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi wealth fund 'shopping spree' disguises economic pain

Amid its worst economic crisis in decades, the seemingly contradictory state policy to splurge billions on overseas assets is raising eyebrows.

Yasser Abu Hilala

To protect journalists, move Twitter's UAE office to Tunisia

Comment: To protect Twitter and its users, immediately relocate Twitter's regional office to Tunisia, the only democratic country in the Arab world, argues ex-Al Jazeera chief, Yasser Abu Hilala.

Florence Dixon

Al Jazeera journalists targeted in misogynistic 'Saudi-linked' smear campaign

Two women journalists have been the targets of an online harassment campaign led by pro-Saudi government Twitter accounts.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Taking stock of the anti-Qatar blockade three years later

As the Gulf crisis enters its fourth year, fake news and hostile narratives run rife in the region hindering attempts to salvage the GCC's ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi bots spam 'fake news' tweets against Qatar

Saudi spam bots are trying waging a fake news offensive against Qatar.

Trump signs executive order targeting social media giants

The New Arab & agencies

Trump signs executive order targeting social media giants

Trump has doubled down on Twitter after the the platform labelled two of his tweets with fact-check notices, but critics say the executive ...

The New Arab

Turkey's state broadcaster launches Russian-language service to fight 'disinformation'

Turkey's TRT is expanding its operations with a new Russian-language service.

Facebook appoints Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman on oversight board

The New Arab

Facebook appoints Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman on oversight board

Facebook nominated Yemeni Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman as a member of its new Oversight Board, the company's latest content moderation ...

Coronavirus misinformation fuels hatred against India’s Muslims

The New Arab & agencies

Coronavirus misinformation fuels hatred against India’s Muslims

A systematic campaign of disinformation blaming Muslims for the spread of coronavirus in India is fuelling hatred and violent attacks.

Assad's henchmen in the dock, Syrians inch towards justice

Sam Hamad

Assad's henchmen in the dock, Syrians inch towards justice

Comment: Assad's torturous regime prevails, but the trial in Germany that puts his accused henchmen in the dock is a step closer to justice for ...

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