Topic: Free speech and censorship

″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

A man bearing the Turkish flag walks past a Turkish police office guarding the Reina nightclub in Istanbul following the New Year's Eve terrorist attack (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/E. Gurel)

Erdogan′s grand plan

Turkey's last elections?

A rebel fighter near the city of Aleppo

The Syrian revolution

Girding the forces of change

Mozn Hassan, director of the Cairo-based NGO Nazra for Feminist Studies and Right Livelihood Award winner (photo: private)

RLA winner Mozn Hassan on civil repression in Egypt

″Now′s the time to be creative″

Grand opening of the 59th Festival for Animation and Documentary Films in Leipzig, November 2016

Turkish documentaries at Dok Leipzig 2016

Resilience in the face of adversity

Iranian author Abbas Maroufi (photo: Volker Kaminski)

Interview with the Iranian writer Abbas Maroufi

″Self-censorship is the worst″

Egyptian feminist Azza Soliman (photo: private)

Azza Soliman, an Egyptian feminist at risk

"What has Azza done?"

Visitors to the German stand at the International Book Fair in Istanbul (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Germany at the Istanbul Book Fair

Solidarity with readers

Cake celebrating the opening of the 2nd Suez Canal: "Long live Egypt!"

Post-revolution transformation in Egypt and Tunisia

Let them eat cake!

German author and journalist Cigdem Akyol (picture-alliance/dpa/D.Bockwoldt)

Press freedom in Turkey

Writing in a state of fear

Symbolic image of World Cup 2022 to be hosted by Qatar

World Cup 2022 and Qatari reforms

So much hot air

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