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Egypt's government has arrested at least 10 journalists during the country's coronavirus outbreak, according to a local rights group.

The colourful LGBT flag was raised in Baghdad to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, prompting praise but mostly backlash online and in the halls of Iraqi power.

Covid-19: A dual punishment for Palestinian and Arab prisoners

A joint call from Arab intellectuals and personalities

Covid-19: A dual punishment for Palestinian and Arab prisoners

Comment: An open letter from more than 150 personalities from the Arab world, calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and prisoners of conscience in the region.

Prominent Lebanese journalist sued by central bank governor

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Prominent Lebanese journalist sued by central bank governor

Famed Lebanese journalist Dima Sadek said she was summoned for questioning by security forces after an alleged lawsuit by the country's central ...

<em>Press</em> <em>freedom</em> activists condemn Iraqi-Kurdish authorities' arrest of journalists

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Press freedom activists condemn Iraqi-Kurdish authorities' arrest of journalists

The Iraqi Kurdish authorities are attempting to 'stamp out news coverage that makes the government uncomfortable' by arresting reporters ...

Malia Bouattia

Covid-19 gives Algeria's repressive state the edge, for now

Comment: Through its face mask, Algeria's Hirak is still chanting for a free and democratic country, despite state efforts to stifle protests, writes Malia Bouattia.

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Egypt releases Mada Masr editor-in-chief on bail

Attalah was released following her arrest on Sunday outside Cairo's Tora Prison where she had been interviewing Laila Soueif, the mother of ...

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Mada Masr editor arrested outside Cairo prison

Egyptian security services on Sunday arrested the editor-in-chief of prominent independent news outlet Mada Masr, its lawyer said, the latest in ...

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Two years on, Saudi women's rights activists await trials

Human rights groups have marked the two-year anniversary of the arrest of Saudi Arabia's leading women's rights activists by calling for an ...

Morocco, Tunisia arrest female bloggers over social media jokes

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Morocco, Tunisia arrest female bloggers over social media jokes

Rights groups are concerned with the way some North African countries are controlling citizens during Covid-19 lockdown.

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Syrian Kurdish authorities ban journalist who 'offended martyrs'

Rudaw reporter Vivian Fatah has been banned from reporting for two months after she said Syrian Kurdish fighters were 'killed' rather than ...

Algeria regime exploits virus to defeat protesters: analysts

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Algeria regime exploits virus to defeat protesters: analysts

Analysts have accused the Algerian government of exploiting the novel coronavirus pandemic to suppress the protest movement in the country.

Israel demands major changes in UN peacekeeping in Lebanon

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Israel demands major changes in UN peacekeeping in Lebanon

The peacekeeping mission had been extended in 2016 after clashes with Hezbollah, and Israel wants more control on the ground.

Amnesty slams Palestinians' <em>freedom</em> of expression arrests

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Amnesty slams Palestinians' freedom of expression arrests

Amnesty International slammed the detentions as a "pattern of arbitrary arrests" of Palestinians for voicing their opinions.

The Trump effect on global <em>press</em> <em>freedom</em>

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The Trump effect on global press freedom

Comment: Trump is paving the way for globally disintegrating standards of press freedom and the criminalisation of journalism, ...

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Amnesty reports chilling details of Egypt press crackdown

Marking World Press Freedom Day, Amnesty International found Egypt's government has continued to escalate its crackdown on journalism.

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Human rights groups demand release of Algerian journalist

Human rights groups are calling for the release of Reporters Without Borders journalist Khaled Drareni as Algeria cracks down on free speech ...

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Amnesty demands release of four Yemeni journalists facing execution

Ahead of World Press Freedom Day, Amnesty International is calling on Yemen's Houthi rebels to release journalists sentenced ...

Sebastian Castelier

Will Oman preserve the political imagery of Sultan Qaboos?

For half a century, Omanis have lived under the spell of a rich and carefully tailored political imagery displayed in public spaces.

Israel makes women’s ritual baths 'essential' despite coronavirus concerns

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Israel makes women’s ritual baths 'essential' despite coronavirus concerns

Israel has decided to keep nearly 700 mikvahs, or ritual bath houses, open, raising concerns over social distancing and Covid-19.

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The death of journalism in Yemen's war

The threat of execution has now become a potential punishment against journalists in Yemen, reflecting the deadly reality of reporting in the ...

Algeria arrest meme creator in crackdown on free speech

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Algeria arrest meme creator in crackdown on free speech

A well-known creator of a meme page called Walid Kechida is the latest victim of Algeria's crackdown on free speech after he was arrested for ...

Israel's top court halts controversial coronavirus phone tracking

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Israel's top court halts controversial coronavirus phone tracking

Israel's top court has ordered lawmakers to enshrine the Covid-19 phone tracking in legislation.

Algeria blocks three news websites amid coronavirus crackdown

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Algeria blocks three news websites amid coronavirus crackdown

The CPJ has criticised Algeria after it blocked three news websites, and called on the country to end its attack on free press.

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