Middle East - North Africa

Middle East - North Africa

Freedom of information faces many challenges in the Middle East and North Africa. Known for its hotspots and conflicts, the region is also characterized by repressive regimes that control their people in order to hold on to power and protect their image. When the Arab Spring got under way in 2011, the population in some countries demonstrated their thirst for freedom by their use of the media and social networks. Spaces for expression have emerged but the situation has not improved everywhere and the region continues to be one of the most dangerous for journalists.