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Iranian authorities have shut down a newspaper which published comments by an expert who said that official figures on coronavirus cases and deaths represent only 5% of the true total

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

Lebanon: Ambitions of a nation taken hostage

Carmen Geha

Lebanon: Ambitions of a nation taken hostage

Comment: Lebanon has reached a tipping point which, if history is anything to go by, can lead to irreversible damage, writes Carmen Geha.

A revolution not televised: Lebanese mock <em>censorship</em> of song

The New Arab Staff

A revolution not televised: Lebanese mock censorship of song

Lebanese social media users have reacted with outrage and ridicule as the 'revolutionary' lyrics of a well-known patriotic song were censored on ...

Turkey passes controversial social media bill to regulate content

The New Arab Staff

Turkey passes controversial social media bill to regulate content

Activists say the bill could silence dissident voices on social media.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Egypt female TikTok influencers get 2-year jail terms

Five female social media influencers have been sentenced to two years in jail on charges of violating public morals, Egypt authorities said on Monday.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

4 family members drown at beach in northern Egypt

The police in Egypt revealed a family drowned in a beach near Alexandria.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey moving to tighten grip on social media

The legislation is expected to pass with the support of the ruling party's nationalist allies.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Netflix mired in Turkey row over LGBTQ+ characters

The Turkish government has been accused of censoring gay characters in two Netflix series, sparking a heated conversation around ...

Covid-19 has become Egypt's unofficial executioner

Sam Hamad

Covid-19 has become Egypt's unofficial executioner

Comment: Sisi's regime knew full well that Scorpion prison's derelict, unsanitary hospital was full of Covid-19 cases, but they sent journalist ...

The New Arab Staff

Egyptian writer Mohamed Hashem arrested over sexual assault allegations

Amid Egypt's growing #MeToo movement, prominent writer Mohamed Hashem was arrested after a poet accused him of sexually assaulting her last year.

How Egypt's sexual harassment problem could usher in #MeToo

Narjas Zatat

How Egypt's sexual harassment problem could usher in #MeToo

With sexual assault cases increasing, and a growing body of voices online refusing to back down, some critics argue there could be a reckoning ...

Bella Hadid accuses Instagram of 'silencing' Palestine’s history

Gaia Caramazza

Bella Hadid accuses Instagram of 'silencing' Palestine’s history

Palestinian-American model Bella Hadid has slammed Instagram's 'censorship' of her father's birthplace.

Egypt's medics battle Covid-19 and state persecution

Jo Schietti

Egypt's medics battle Covid-19 and state persecution

Egypt is arresting healthcare workers who criticise the government's mishandling of the public health crisis.

Militants kill three civilians for ‘cooperating with Egyptian military’

The New Arab Staff

Militants kill three civilians for ‘cooperating with Egyptian military’

Tribal sources have reported that Islamic State affiliated militants have attacked a village in northeastern Sinai and killed three civilians ...

Horriya Marzouk

The final demise of free expression in Egypt's media

Egypt has censored all independent reporting on sensitive political topics, with journalists and social media users only allowed to communicate the official narrative.

Sam Hamad

Sisi's crusade against women influencers reveals regime's deepest fears

Comment: The Egyptian regime's crusade against Sama El-Masry and other female influencers is another shameless attempt to police women and their ...

The New Arab Staff

Algeria's constitutional reform process 'undermined by crackdown'

The rights group says Tebboune's crackdown on anti-government activists is preventing true constitutional reform.

Jean Stern

Facebook recruits an Israeli censorship expert

Comment: Emi Palmor, who set up a cyber unit in charge of monitoring and censoring Palestinian social media posts, has been appointed to ...

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

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 ...

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.

Lebanese singer Carole Samaha faces backlash over anti-vaccine post

The New Arab

Lebanese singer Carole Samaha faces backlash over anti-vaccine post

Carole Samaha took to the social media platform on Thursday to reveal she's an anti-vaxxer and also claiming the coronavirus outbreak is a ...

Egypt's relentless war on journalism persists amid pandemic

Jo Schietti

Egypt's relentless war on journalism persists amid pandemic

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's regime has ramped up its brutal campaign against freedom of expression in the media, punishing anyone challenging the ...

How Palestine solidarity became a litmus test in Germany

Majed Abusalama

How Palestine solidarity became a litmus test in Germany

Comment: Germany's attempt to muzzle thinker and philosopher Achille Mbembe on the grounds of anti-semitism amounts to an extension of Israeli ...

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