Commentary

Erasing Palestine: Meta Must Act to Redress its Censorship...

Facebook’s and Instagram’s policies violated the fundamental human rights of Palestinians, according to a due diligence report commissioned by the platforms’ parent company, Meta, and published in September 2022. The long-awaited report, which came after much delay and anticipation from civil society, was conducted by the independent consulting company Business for Social Responsibility (BSR). It assessed the human rights impact of Meta’s policies and activities on Arabic and Hebrew content in May 2021 amid mass Palestinian uprising following the forced eviction of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem and the brutal Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.

Reliable Health Data in the MENA Region: The Hard...

Unlike other countries across other regions, publicly available data from MENA countries about the age, sex, and geographical distribution of COVID-19 cases are lacking.

Narratives and Social Media: Palestinians’ Uphill Battle

Palestinians faced an escalation in the suppression of their voices and narratives through social media platforms—specifically Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok—whether by taking down content, suspending accounts, or even deleting archival stories.

Explainers

Access to Information in Tunisia

Five years after the law’s passing, how does has it fared, what has implementation looked like, and what efforts are stakeholders taking to improve its track record?

Access to Information Laws in MENA

In a new four-part series, our authors unpack the importance of this right in the MENA region, focusing on Jordan, Tunisia, and Lebanon, and speaking to stakeholders on prospects for reform.

Access to Information in Jordan

Although Jordan has a law to guarantee access to information, its vagueness, exceptions regime, and relationship with the larger legal framework are limitations.

Reports & Briefs

TIMEP and CPJ: Joint UPR Submission on Press Freedom...

TIMEP and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have submitted a joint stakeholder report ahead of the third cycle of Lebanon’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), set to take place in January and February 2021.