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The Saudi government will monitor and censor calls made through online apps such as Skype and WhatsApp after lifting a ban on the services, a telecoms regulator spokesman said.

Comment: Jordanian authorities have used the case of queer-inclusive social affairs magazine My.Kali to target Jordan's LGBT community, rather than to support universal human rights, writes MJ Movahedi.

Who killed Naji al-Ali, Palestine's most beloved artist?

Suzan Quitaz

Who killed Naji al-Ali, Palestine's most beloved artist?

Exclusive: British police are renewing their investigation into the assassination of Naji al-Ali, the creator of Handala, 30 years after his death, reports Suzan Quitaz.

No amount of Dubai gadgetry can 'coolwash' police-state Emirates

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No amount of Dubai gadgetry can 'coolwash' police-state Emirates

Blog: No amount of hype about Dubai's cool gadgetry can hide the rotten police state in the Emirates.

Lebanon bans new Annabelle film over 'religiously offensive content'

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Lebanon bans new Annabelle film over 'religiously offensive content'

Authorities in Lebanon ban Warner Bros' film "Annabelle: Creation" from cinema viewing across the country over religious grounds.

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Iran in talks to unblock Twitter, says new minister

Negotiations are underway between Iran's new communications minister and Twitter aimed at unblocking the service, which has been banned for years despite being used even by the country's supreme leader.

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Egypt blocks website of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders

Egypt has blocked access to the website of international media watchdog Reporters without Borders, as part of ongoing censorship ...

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Baghdad moves to halt broadcasts of Iraq's 'Daily Show'

Iraqi authorities have moved to halt broadcasts of a widely popular political satire programme in the latest attempt to tighten control over the ...

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Cairokee's new album 'expresses the disappointment' of Egypt's youth

After their fifth album was censored upon release, Cairokee released the songs on YouTube and eventual fame, proving that censorship ...

Israel's Al Jazeera <em>censorship</em> an 'attack' on press freedom

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Israel's Al Jazeera censorship an 'attack' on press freedom

Amnesty International has called on Israel to cease its 'brazen attack' on free media in the country and occupied Palestinian territories.

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Al Jazeera: 'Legal action will be taken against Israel'

Al Jazeera issued a statement on Sunday evening denouncing Israel's pursuit for the shuttering of the pan-Arab broadcaster in the country and ...

Al Jazeera threatens legal action over Israeli <em>censorship</em>

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Al Jazeera threatens legal action over Israeli censorship

Al Jazeera says it 'deplores' an Israeli decision to ban the pan-Arab broadcaster from the country.

Israel joins UAE and Egypt with Al Jazeera ban

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Israel joins UAE and Egypt with Al Jazeera ban

Israel's Communications Minister Ayoub Kara says the far-right Netanyahu government is seeking to ban pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera, following ...

Israel formally seeks to ban Al Jazeera and journalists

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Israel formally seeks to ban Al Jazeera and journalists

Israel's Communications Minister Ayoub Kara says the far-right Netanyahu government is seeking to ban pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera, following ...

Egypt censored newspaper on Israel offers to 'buy Sinai'

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Egypt censored newspaper on Israel offers to 'buy Sinai'

Cairo has prevented a newspaper editor from running a story of Egypt's alleged plans to 'sell' the Sinai peninsular to Israel.

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Restricting free expression: Activists are being silenced in Libya

Activists are being physically attacked, detained, threatened, harassed, while many have disappeared in Tripoli and elsewhere in western Libya, a leading human rights group has found.

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Egypt blocks leftist website Belahmar, total 127 websites blocked

Egypt has blocked access to leftist website Belahmar, bringing the total number of blocked websites to 127.

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Turkish journalists go on trial on Press Freedom Day

Turkey has marked its anniversary of the abolition of official press censorship by putting 17 newspaper staff on trial in what is being ...

Charlie Hoyle

Qatar blockade escalates Gulf crackdown on free expression

In-depth: Freedom of expression has dramatically deteriorated in Gulf States since a Saudi-led blockade on Qatar last month, exacerbating a ...

Don't push us over jailed blogger, Riyadh tells Canada

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Don't push us over jailed blogger, Riyadh tells Canada

Saudi Arabia appears to have lost its patience with President Justin Trudeau, when the country's ambassador held a conference in Ottawa telling ...

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Awkward: Saudi interpreter ignores German FM's defence of Qatar

A live presser by Germany's foreign minister in Jeddah caused major embarrassment for an interpreter, who stopped translating his remarks when ...

Rights groups call on UAE to free Ahmed Mansoor

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Rights groups call on UAE to free Ahmed Mansoor

A coalition of activists and public intellectuals called for the immediate and unconditional release of Emirati poet and activist, Ahmed Mansoor ...

Behind Baghdad's silver-screen: The catalyst for Iraqi cinema's reinvention

Gareth Browne

Behind Baghdad's silver-screen: The catalyst for Iraqi cinema's reinvention

Movie maker Mohammed al-Daradji's Baghdad film school aims to build a world-class industry in a city that has already seen too many horrors, ...

Egypt's Sisi declares three-month extension of state of emergency

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Egypt's Sisi declares three-month extension of state of emergency

Egypt's president has ordered a three-month extension of a state of emergency declared after twin church bombings in April.

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