Topic: Democracy and civil society

Image symbolising the struggle for press freedom in Turkey (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Freedom of the press

Turkey's Pelican group – Erdoganʹs state within a state?

Rapid Support Forces (RSF) units in the northwest of Sudan’s capital Khartoum (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Democratisation in danger

Sudan's ongoing turf war

Women's rights activists protesting in downtown Beirut (photo: Julia Neumann)

Female protesters in Lebanon

Solidarity is the solution!

Protesting the arrest of journalists in Cairo (photo: picture-alliance/Zuma Press)

Press freedom under attack

The Arab world's new wave of media repression

Director Karim Ainouz with the film's female protagonist Nardjes Asli (source: Berlinale 2020)

International Women’s Day

Ainouz' "Nardjes A." – hope as a form of resistance

Sudan's former dictator Omar al-Bashir stands trial in Khartoum on 14.12.2019 (photo: picture-alliance/Anadolu Agency)

Sudan's ex-dictator Bashir at the International Criminal Court

Arab dictators take note

U.S Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalizad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar shake hands after signing a peace agreement during a ceremony in the Qatari capital Doha on 29 February 2020 (photo: AFP/G. Cacace)

U.S.-Taliban peace deal

Bleak days in Afghanistan

Huge placard spotted at the Muslim women's protest in Shaheen Bagh, 15.02.2020 (photo: DW/A. Ansari)

Protesting India's Citizenship Amendment Act

Muslim women of India rising

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a rally in Tehran at the beginning of January 2020 (photo: Reuters)

Parliamentary elections in Iran

Era of the Khamenei vassals

Spent bullet from the Hanau attacker's gun (photo: AP)

Racist attack on Hanau

Not the only Nazi ideologue...

Iranian bookshop owner Bijan Khalili from Los Angeles (photo: DW/Gero Schliess)

Contemporary Iranian literature

Reading outside the box

Islamists protest the release of Asia Bibi in Pakistan (photo: AFP/Getty Images/A. Hassan)

Human rights in the Islamic world

Battle cry "blasphemy"

Protest in Algiers on 12 December 2019 (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

First anniversary of the Hirak movement

The jury's still out on Algeria

Tunisian president Kais Saied (photo: picture-alliance/Photoshot/Handout Tunisian Presidency)

Democratic transition in crisis?

Building Tunisia from the ground up

Moroccan King Mohammed VI (centre-left) and Li Biao (centre-right), chairman of the Chinese group Haite, attend the launch of Tangier Tech, a Chinese investment project in Morocco on 20 March 2017, at the royal palace near Tangiers (photo: Getty Images/AFP/F. Senna)

Paris and Rabat in diplomatic stand-off

Is France losing its backyard in North Africa?

Symbolic image of mass dismissals in Turkey (photo: picture-alliance/AP photo/P. Karadjias)

Dismissed by decree in Turkey

Social lynching, Erdogan's potent weapon

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