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The Middle East: Where press freedom goes to die

Date of publication: 2 May, 2017

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Special coverage: The Middle East is one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists. We bring you an insight into the perils of reporting from this region.
The freedom of the press is fundamental to a fair and just society. Yet journalists, intellectuals and broadcasters are increasingly being silenced by authoritarian regimes across the Middle East. 

This year's World Press Freedom Index painted of one of the bleakest pictures to date for the region.

The New Arab considers itself lucky to have correspondents in a number of Arab countries that are profoundly under-reported by other outlets. Being on the ground however, it has become increasingly difficult for our reporters to carry out their roles without danger.

In Yemen, independent and objective journalism has turned into a life-threatening occupation. Our correspondent Adel Al-Ahmadi describes the situation as one of the worst places in the world to work as a journalist.
The press is one of the first victims of war
- Adel, Yemen
Since the Houthi-led coup, those who have not been persecuted or targeted by the Houthis and their allies loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh have been forced to close their newspapers because of a lack of funding and extremely dangerous working conditions - to the point where freedom of expression is difficult.
The Sudanese regime sees journalists as an enemy and directs all its weapons at them
- Alawia, Sudan
In Sudan, a lesser-covered part of the region, Alawia Mukhtar tells of a constant battle between the media and the government, where character assassinations and intimidation is the norm.

Despite all of these risks, we remain passionate about our mission to hold power to account - especially in one of the most corrupt and under-reported corners of the world.

We've broken our special coverage down into individual countries. Click on any image to find out more about press freedom in that country.

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