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Bahrain: harshness and hostility against freedom to use the Internet Minister of Culture and Information violates freedom to exp

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) declares its being disturbed by the persistence of hostility shown by the Bahraini Minister of Culture and Information Mai Al-Khalifa against freedom to use the Internet in Bahrain. This hostility began just after her taking the office at the end of 2008 and became really

Yemeni Press and journalists are in danger Confiscating seven independent newspapers and arresting the editor of a news-website

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) strongly condemned the rising police action taken by the Yemeni authorities against several independent newspapers and journalists. The last action was confiscating seven newspapers in two days, and the arrest of the journalist Fuad Rashid, the owner and publisher of www.mukallapress.com. The confiscation orders came after coverage on the protests in the southern parts of Yemen and criticism of the way the Yemeni government responded to the problems in the South were published.

Three weeks after kidnapping, Ahmed Alaa released Hossam Hijazi and Ahmed Morgan are the State Security officers who kidnapped A

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information asserted today that it will not back down from its legal demand of an investigation with the State Security officers who abducted the Internet activist "Ahmed Mohamed Alaa El Din", on April 7, 2009, who was released Monday evening on April 27 three weeks after kidnapping.

Divvying up Roles: State Security Officers Arrest Secularist Christian Blogger for Six Months Church Orders Family to Keep Silen

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) expressed its strong condemnation and dismay at the continued detention since October 3rd 2008 of the Christian blogger, Hani Nazeer, by State Security. His arrest occurred with the collaboration of the Church in Naga Hammadi, his hometown in Qena Governorate.

After blocking ten thousand sites in Saudi Arabia, new security measures against Internet Cafes

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said today that the Saudi Ministry of Interior has imposed severe restrictions on the Saudi Internet Cafes, requiring owners of Internet Cafes to install censorship secret cameras inside cyber cafes, to register users names and identity numbers,

A Moroccan court of appeal to sentence blogger Hassan Barhoun to ten months instead of six

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information condemns the harsh ruling by a Court of Appeal in the Moroccan city of Tetouan on Monday 13 April, to increase the sentence on the journalist and blogger Hassan Barhoun for a ten-month sentence in prison instead of six, on the grounds of accusing the public prosecution of collusion in a corruption case.

Policy of kidnapping Egyptian Internet activists returns, after it stopped for a month The growing phenomenon of impunity in Egy

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information asserted today, that security organs have returned to the policy of kidnapping young Internet activists policy once again, especially after the inactivity of the Public Prosecutor in investigating the facts of the 4 previous abduction cases, in which the State Security abducted 'Ahmed Alaa El Din', a student and activist in the 6 April movement on April 7, and in spite of reporting the incident "number 6818" to the public prosecution on April 11 , the investigation have not started yet, instead, the security services started to bargain the young activist's family and pressure it to withdraw the report, otherwise "they will detain him."

Internet : a weapon of mass revolution ? Short history of a contested viral strike

Since 6 April 2008, many Egyptian Internet users have been tirelessly communicating a message that their society must change. Having grown up under the state of emergency law that prevents them from expressing themselves freely, they have also been the first in line for harassment from the authorities. More than 500 of them were arrested in 2008, because of the content of their online posts.

Retaliatory Measures Against Blogger Dia Eddin Gad in Katta Prison Following the ruling party, a condition for his release

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information vehemently condemned today the administration of Katta Prison for taking retaliatory measures against Dia Eddin Gad, who has been detained there since he was kidnapped on February 6th. Dia has been locked in solitary confinement and deprived of sunlight. He was also deprived of medical care and was threatened with death. ANHRI fears that these retaliatory measures are due to his refusal, along with his family, to join the ruling National Democratic Party. An official with the party proposed that Dia be released once he joins the NDP.

oman : Stop muzzling reformists!

Today, the Arabic Network for Human Rights information denounced the trial of journalist and internet activist Ali al-Zwaidi for allegedly violating article 61 of the telecommunications law in Oman. This is a crime punishable with up to a year in jail. Al-Zwaidi was charged for allowing the publication of an article on suspicions of corruption in the Omantel Telecommunications Company. 70% of the company is owned by the Omani government, and the rest of the shares are circulated on the stock exchange.

Sudan: Retaliatory measures to ICC’s decision begin with arrest of Nubian internet activist

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said today that on Wednesday 5th March a Sudanese internet activist from Nubia, Abdel Hakim Abdel Rahman Nasr, was arrested by Sudanese security forces. Abdel Hakim is an activist who publishes on the international forum for Nubia http://www.nubian-forum.com/vb. He was arrested after writing in support of the decision of the International Criminal Court to uphold the indictment against Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir. Security forces seized Abdel Hakim’s password to the forum and deleted more than three hundred entries which had been written by various contributors, before technicians noticed and changed the passwords.

State security prosecution decides to release blogger Mohammed Adel

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said the state security prosecution decided today to release blogger Mohammed Adel nicknamed dead " http://43arb.info/meit "after passing 110 days between kidnap, arrest and accusations at the hands of the state security in the case number 1414 for year 2008 with the Supreme State Security Court.

Morocco: six months imprisonment in harsh ruling against journalist and blogger Hassan Barhoun

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information condemned today the harsh ruling by Tetuan misdemeanors court against journalist and blogger Hassan Barhoun for allegedly circulating false news. In a hasty trail that took only one hearing session, on Friday 6th of March, the court condemned him with six months in prison and a 5000 Moroccan dirham fee.

Oman: journalist and activist threatened with jail

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information expressed great concern today over the trail of the Omani journalist and internet activist Ali al-Zwaidi who allegedly violated article 61 of the Omani communications law. The crime is up to a year in prison and one thousand Omani riyals, about $2600, in punishment. A supervisor in a discussion forum (Sablat Oman),

Egyptian police arrest third internet activist in less than month "Dawn raiders" arrest Ramil al-Swisi, Facebook activist, in 6t

Today the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information condemns the security forces kidnapping of Facebook activist Rami al-Swisi from his home. This morning at 3:30am, shortly before the break of dawn, al-Swisi was seized along with his cell phone and his laptop. He has been taken to an unknown destination.
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