Anonymous, 20 Jun 2019
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Middle East and North Africa

Middle East and North Africa

ONI conducted in-country testing for Internet filtering in sixteen countries in the North Africa and Middle East region. We found that eight of these countries broadly filter online content: Iran, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Another four—Bahrain, Jordan, Libya, and Morocco—carry out selective filtering of a smaller number of Web sites. ONI found no evidence of consistent technical filtering used to deny access to online content in Algiers, Egypt, Iraq, or Israel. In sum, filtering in the MENA region demonstrates an ongoing struggle between the filtering states' interest to integrate into the global economy and their efforts to restrict and prevent access to what they deem to be dissident activities or objectionable materials.

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