The cost of Biden’s fist bump, and Tunisia’s new constitution threatens free expression

Members of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate gather during a demonstration demanding justice for slain ‘Al Jazeera journalist’ Shireen Abu Akleh, in Gaza City, 13 July 2022, ahead of US President Joe Biden’s arrival for an official visit. Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto

Adding insults to injuries: How Biden’s visit has left journalists more vulnerable

US President Joe Biden’s visit to the region in July drew widespread criticism from rights groups and activists for his failure to effectively address critical human rights issues and hold governments accountable for their human rights records and countless violations against freedom of expression.

Tunisia’s new constitution threatens free expression

In the run up to the 25 July referendum on President Kais Saied’s new constitution, Tunisia’s civic space saw a growing crackdown on opposition voices.

Egypt: More prisoner releases, torture allegations, and #WhereIsAlaa?

In good news, July saw Egypt release dozens of prisoners of conscience, all of whom had been lingering in pretrial detention for more than four and a half years. Prominent releases included former Al-Ahram Daily editor-in-chief Abdel-Nasser Salama, and human rights lawyers Amr Emam and Mohamed Ramadan.

#WhereIsAlaa: Prominent jailed activist incommunicado

The family of imprisoned writer Alaa Abd El Fattah, whose hunger strike surpassed 117 days, raised alarm over the prominent activist’s situation after losing all contact since mid July. Prison authorities informed family members that Abd El Fattah has been refusing to receive visits from his mother, providing no evidence of the claim.

In Brief

Iran: Iranian filmmakers Mohammad Rasoulof, Mostafa Alahmad and Jafar Panahi were arrested after supporting anti-government protests that followed the collapse of a 10-storey building that killed 40 people in the city of Abadan last May.

Also Noteworthy

Women’s rights groups in the region organized protests and a women’s strike calling for political action against a recent series of femicides committed in public spaces that have sparked outrage. According to the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), the lack of real accountability for murders committed within the home has led to perpetrators not being fearful of killing women in broad daylight.

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IFEX is a global network of organisations that defend and promote the right to freedom of expression and information. Email: info@ifex.org