At a time when the Pope's intention to visit Bahrain is announced from November 3 to 6, the situation of human rights and freedom of opinion and expression in this Gulf monarchy goes from bad to worse despite tolerance and religious freedom claimed by the authorities there.
The UAE seemingly uses terms like tolerance and happiness as a cover to hide major violations of freedom of opinion and expression, as it is still holding scores of detainees even after the completion of their sentences for reasons related to their natural right to freedom of opinion and expression.
The branch head of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate in Aden, Mahmoud Thabet, is subjected to a campaign of incitement and defamation with the aim of undermining his life and exposing him to serious threat after news websites and social media pages have recently shared accusations of his alleged communication with external parties, loyalty to the Houthi militia and work for parties harming the interests of journalists.
Iraqi journalists and activists exercising their right to freedom of expression suffer a number of violations and abuses in different parts of the country, Iraqi journalists and media workers are subject to varied violations, including abductions, enforced disappearances and physical assaults, in addition to preventing arbitrarily from covering activities or events taking place in some provinces, as in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
A year and a half after his arrest, the Cairo Criminal Court has renewed the detention of journalist Tawfiq Ghanem on Monday, October 10, for 45 days, according to the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms.
In a move that only underlines the Algerian authorities' continued prosecution and imprisonment of journalists on vague charges, the Algiers Judicial Council has postponed the appeal trial of journalist Ihsan El Kadi to next November 20.
The state of freedom of expression in Iran continues to worsen, especially under the recent campaign of arrests in which at least 36 journalists – both male and female — have been detained in the three weeks since demonstrations broke out over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, according to the Iranian Journalists Syndicate.
On October 12, 2022, a court of appeal in Tunisia is set to rule on the case of the activist Myriam Bribri subject to four-month prison sentence issued on December 21, 2021, for a Facebook comment criticizing the abuses by the security services.
The Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) expresses its strong condemnation of the attempted attack on al-Maharia TV correspondent Saad Hammad al-Mahri in al-Mahra Governorate in the far east of Yemen, and of preventing him from covering an history-related event in the Sultan's Palace in Qishn District.
The Women Journalist Without Chains (WJWC) expresses grave concern over the news reported by colleagues that the journalist Obad al-Jaradi has disappeared for three days in the Sana’a capital under the control of the Houthi militia.
The Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) expresses its strong condemnation of the UAE-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council’s Security Belt Militia for breaking into the headquarters of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate in Aden and stationing inside it.