Topic: Free speech and censorship

Demonstration poster caught on a barbed wire fence showing Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Ahmed Qassim and murdered teenager Mustafa Hamdan (photo: picture-alliance/NurPhotos/A. B. Al Kamel)

Bahrain′s slide towards military rule

Tightening the noose

The post-Bouteflika era – cartoon by Hisham Baba Ahmed (source: ″El Watan″, 15.05.2016)

Algerian cartoonists at the cutting edge

Licensed to draw

Lebanese journalist Hazem Saghieh (source: H. Saghieh, photo: C. Charafeddine)

Interview with the Lebanese journalist Hazem Saghieh

More lapdog than watchdog

Women in a book cafe in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (photo: Getty Images/A. Hilbai)

Saudi Arabia′s entertainment offensive

Not to be taken lightly

Art installation by Nilbar Gures: shoe, rose and dildo (photo: CHROMA Istanbul)

Gay artists revisit Berlin-Istanbul relations

Queer forms migrate

Egyptian medic and activist Ahmed Said (photo: private)

Interview with Egyptian activist Ahmed Said

The scorpion's sting

Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi (photo: Julien Bourgeois)

Album review: ″Ensen″ by Emel Mathlouthi

Princess melancholy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visiting Egyptian President Al-Sisi in Ittihadiya Palace in Cairo on 02.03.2017 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Angela Merkel′s visit to Egypt

Blinkered realpolitik

Volunteers operate a stall at Baghdad City of Peace Carnival held on World Peace Day (source: iqpeace.com)

Baghdad City of Peace Carnival

Grassroots, green shoots

Syrian artist Hamid Sulaiman (Getty Images/AFP/P. Lopez)

Syrian author Hamid Sulaiman

″The hospital is the true hero″

″Street Punk! Banda Aceh″ (source: mariabakkalapulo.com)

″Street Punk! Banda Aceh″ – a film documentary

Stage-diving from Mecca′s verandah

Chocolate squares bearing the likeness of Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in a confectionery shop in Cairo (photo: Getty Images)

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi′s ascendancy

Sweetness and light?

Bassem Youssef′s satirical show ″Al Bernameg″ (source: Al Bernameg)

Sara Taksler′s documentary ″Tickling Giants″

Running the satirical gauntlet

Pro-Trump demonstrators in favour of the immigration ban (photo: Reuters/Ringo Chiu)

US Middle East foreign policy

West versus the rest

Activists in Cairo demonstrate against the Mubarak regime (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Social media and the Arabellion

The myth of the Facebook revolution

Demonstrators in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Rome demand an official investigation into the Regeni murder (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Egypt′s repression of academics and journalists

The Regeni murder fallout

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