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

Video verified by The New York Times appeared to show an Iranian missile hitting the Ukrainian plane which crashed near Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

Iran crash likely a 'shootdown event', aviation experts say

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Iran crash likely a 'shootdown event', aviation experts say

An aviation intelligence group has said that a Ukraine International Airlines flight that went down over Iran's capital was likely shot down.

Night Letters: Afghan Islamists who Changed the World

Tam Hussein

Night Letters: Afghan Islamists who Changed the World

Book Club: Sand's literary skills and nearly a decade of journalism in Afghanistan paired with Qazizai's in-depth knowledge of the ...

How war has handcuffed <em>journalism</em> in Yemen

A Yemeni journalist

How war has handcuffed journalism in Yemen

The longer the war lasts in Yemen, the more dangerous the journalism profession becomes.

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US denies public was lied to about Afghanistan stalemate

Defence Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley rejected allegations that the Pentagon and other government agencies had falsely reported progress in Afghanistan.

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US urges Egypt to 'respect press freedom' following raid

Mike Pompeo called on Egypt to respect freedom of the press in the wake of a crackdown on journalists.

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Detained Egyptian journalists released following raid

Four of Mada Masr's journalists were detained this weekend, just days after the website published an expose looking at the role of Sisi's son.

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Turkish court re-convicts journalists accused of 'supporting terrorist organisations'

The 12 are former journalists for Cumhuriyet, one of the last remaining opposition newspapers in Turkey.

Deadly bone infections threaten lives of Gaza protest participants

Rakan Abed El Rahman

Deadly bone infections threaten lives of Gaza protest participants

Over 1,200 people shot in the lower limbs while protesting in weekly demonstrations in Gaza now require specialised medical treatment, including ...

Alexander Durie

Sudan's Uprising and the critical role of social media

The Sudan uprising proved that in countries where the army tries to silence opposition, social media is – for civilians – a way to hold people ...

Being watched: The FBI's surveillance of one Arab neighbourhood

Sarah Khalil

Being watched: The FBI's surveillance of one Arab neighbourhood

Assia Boundaoui's unnerving documentary questions years of FBI surveillance on her Arab American neighbourhood in Chicago, Illinois.

Death to transparency

Usaid Siddiqui

Death to transparency

Comment: Trump has gutted the only initiative that provided anything resembling a form of transparency, writes Usaid Siddiqui.

US airstrikes kill 13 al-Shabab militants in Somalia

The New Arab & agencies

US airstrikes kill 13 al-Shabab militants in Somalia

US Africa Command has said that 13 al-Shabab militants were killed in airstrikes outside Somalia's capital on Friday.

Bellingcat: Where technology meets <em>investigative</em> <em>journalism</em>

Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

Bellingcat: Where technology meets investigative journalism

The New Arab Meets: Eliot Higgins, the British founder of the investigative journalism network Bellingcat, to talk more about ...

Kareem Chehayeb

Journalists in Lebanon fined and beaten amid crackdown

In-depth: The intimidation and interrogation of journalists in Lebanon has raised concerns over the declining freedom of speech in the country, writes Kareem Chehayeb.

Arun Budhathoki

Qatar is leading Gulf states in Kafala's abolition

Comment: Qatar is already two steps ahead of other Gulf nations in its reforms of labour rights, writes Arun Budhathoki.

Hadani Ditmars

When did the murder of journalists become so banal?

Comment: There has been a dangerous cultural shift in attitudes towards the fourth estate, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Pramod Acharya

Inside the Nepal-Gulf human trafficking nexus

Investigation: The slave trade for Nepalese women being trafficked to the Gulf has overtaken trafficking for India's sex trade, finds Pramod ...

Flying into trouble: Middle East drone wars

CJ Werleman

Flying into trouble: Middle East drone wars

Comment: The need for clear and unambiguous controls on the use and proliferation of drones has never been greater, writes CJ Werleman.

Ilhem Rachidi

So long to freedom of expression in Morocco

Comment: The brief period of openness that followed the uprising in 2011 did not last long. Today, civil rights are curtailed, and demonstrators ...

Iraqi journalists struggle for survival

Marta Bellingreri

Iraqi journalists struggle for survival

Feature: Iraq remains one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists as they continue to be targeted,but different voices are still ...

Iraq 'black ops' executive hired for anti-Qatar attack

Abigail Fielding-Smith and Jessica Purkiss

Iraq 'black ops' executive hired for anti-Qatar attack

Investigation: A veteran of Pentagon propaganda operations was hired by a Dubai-based company to create a film accusing Qatar of links to ...

Turkey newspaper chief slams <em>journalism</em> case

The New Arab

Turkey newspaper chief slams journalism case

Turkey's Cumhuriyet chief slammed 'absurd' charges against him and his staff, saying the government's allegations are a crime against ...

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