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A crackdown on Egypt's 'TikTok girls' highlights who really matters in the eyes of the law. But it also shows their power, or at least, their potential.

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

The Trump effect on global press freedom

Mellissa Fung

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, writes Mellissa Fung.

Indians employed in UAE face probation over Islamophobic posts

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Indians employed in UAE face probation over Islamophobic posts

UAE employers are monitoring social media posts of Indian workers following complaints of Islamophobic posts during the coronavirus pandemic, a ...

Gulf states urged to unblock internet calls amid coronavirus

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Gulf states urged to unblock internet calls amid coronavirus

Human rights groups are calling on several Gulf countries to unblock popular calling apps like WhatsApp and Skype.

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Saudi Arabia using secret anti-terror courts to try activists

Saudi Arabia's shadowy terrorism courts are a 'weapon' used to systematically prosecute peaceful regime critics through torture-based confessions and harsh sentences including execution, a new Amnesty report claims.

Hannah Wallace

Cybercrime in the UAE: Curtailing freedom of expression

The internet for many is a forum to express views and opinions, but in the UAE the government has implemented a succession of restrictive laws ...

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Lebanese actor jailed for harshly criticising Aoun, Nasrallah released

Patrick Mubarak was released after being examined by a forensic doctor who confirmed the actor seemed to be suffering from an unspecific mental ...

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G7 ministers reveal 'clear differences' on Middle East

Ministers of G7 member nations were unable to reach a consensus on pressing issues in the Middle East as differences in policies were ...

Pakistan ordered journalist probe over Khashoggi pictures

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Pakistan ordered journalist probe over Khashoggi pictures

Pakistan's interior ministry ordered investigations into six journalists who had posted pictures online of murdered Saudi columnist Jamal ...

Charles W. Dunne

How the private sector supports Arab authoritarians (II)

Comment: The international private sector has aided authoritarian regimes and dictators for decades, with a combination of arms, advice, ...

Jordanian jailed three years over 'anti-UAE' Facebook post freed

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Jordanian jailed three years over 'anti-UAE' Facebook post freed

Tayseer al-Najjar has been freed after spending three years in prison over Facebook comments deemed insulting to the UAE.

US comedian censored on Saudi Netflix mocks crown prince...again

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US comedian censored on Saudi Netflix mocks crown prince...again

Hasan Minhaj, an American comedian who hosts Patriot Act on Netflix, launched the second season of his show by mocking Saudi Crown Prince ...

Lebanese actor Ziad Itani ‘summoned for interrogation’ over tweet

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Lebanese actor Ziad Itani ‘summoned for interrogation’ over tweet

Ziad Itani, a prominent Lebanese writer and actor who was previously detained over false accusations of collaborating with Israel, has been ...

Therapy through theatre: Meeting Ziad Itani

Kareem Chehayeb

Therapy through theatre: Meeting Ziad Itani

The New Arab Meets: Prominent writer and actor Ziad Itani to talk more about his latest play, inspired by his own real life story.

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Netflix drops anti-Saudi satire episode after official complaints

The Financial Times reported that Netflix had taken down the episode of "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" in Saudi Arabia after an official complaint from the kingdom.

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Jordan arrests journalists over 'offensive' Jesus image

An altered version of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" featuring celebrity Turkish chef Salt Bae sparked outrage.

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Jordan to review 'extremely worrying' cybercrimes law

Amendments to a cybercrimes law submitted to the Jordanian parliament will be withdrawn, following concern it would suppress freedom of ...

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Saudi pro-government media threaten citizens 'over spreading Khashoggi tweets'

Those found producing, sharing or storing material that breaches public order, religious values, public morals and privacy, could face ...

European parliament recommends banning sale of spyware to UAE

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European parliament recommends banning sale of spyware to UAE

The European Parliament called for a ban on the sale of spyware to the UAE, which has come under fire for targeting dissidents at home and ...

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Egypt passes 'cybercrime' legislation amid worsening media freedom

Websites that are deemed to 'constitute a threat' could be blocked by judicial order following new legislation signed by President Abdel Fattah ...

Saudi Arabia outlaws spying on spouse's phone

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Saudi Arabia outlaws spying on spouse's phone

Saudi Arabia has made spying on a spouse's phone a criminal offence as part of a new cyber-crime law.

Lebanon releases actor accused of 'collaborating' with Israel

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Lebanon releases actor accused of 'collaborating' with Israel

Lebanese authorities have released a stage actor who was indicted on charges of collaborating with Israel and drug possession

Internet celebrities now need a licence in the UAE

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Internet celebrities now need a licence in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates says it will now require anyone conducting 'commercial activities' through social media to register for a ...

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