Jamal Khashoggi
Pegasus and cyberweapon threats in the age of smartphones

Spyware like Pegasus is not just dangerous as it wrests complete control over an infected phone. It is menacing also because it introduces the skills and knowledge of nation-states into the civilian sphere

World Press Freedom Day: “Tyranny is not destiny, freedom has to be achieved”

On World Press Freedom Day, we look at the situation of journalists and of the press in different countries in the Arab-Maghreb region

Khashoggi murder trial Saudi court revises sentence of convicts in Jamal Khashoggi murder case

The eight unidentified convicts in the Jamal Khashoggi murder case will spend between seven and 20 years in jail. Agnes Callamard, UN’s special rapporteur, welcomed the commuting of death sentences but called the judgement a parody of justice

Israeli court verdict in favor of NSO Israeli court refuses to revoke export license of spyware maker NSO 

An Israeli court said that there was not enough evidence that a human rights activist had been targeted. Amnesty International had said that the spyware was used against one of its employees

UK sanctions Saudi nationals UK sanctions 19 Saudi nationals linked to 2018 Khashoggi murder

Inspired by the US Magnistky act, the new sanctions will impose a UK visa ban on the named individuals and groups, as well as freeze their financial and other assets inside the country

How is Pegasus used to spy on Indian activists?

He explains the way Pegasus functions and how such cyber weapons have a deadly impact on all walks of life

nso pegasus Did the Indian government use Israeli spyware to target activists and journalists?

WhatsApp has filed a case against the NSO group, the Israeli developer of the Pegasus spyware which can be used to steal information from targets. At least 1,400 people were targeted with this spyware, according to WhatsApp

Trump vetoes bills banning sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

The US Congress had banned the sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE due to the human rights violations being committed in the ongoing war in Yemen

Women activists under trial in Saudi Arabia may have no access to lawyers: rights group

Loujain al-Hathloul, Iman al-Nafjan and Aziza al-Youssef are among the activists who have been in jail since last year and were tortured and beaten up according to reports. The trial began at a criminal court in Riyadh on March 13

Jailed Saudi activists face long-term health risks due to torture: report

A three-member British parliamentary team said that Saudi authorities at the highest levels could, in principle, be responsible for the crime of torture. The women activists were among those critics of the government who were arrested last year

British panel seeks access to imprisoned Saudi women activists amid concerns of torture

At least eight women activists and a few of their male colleagues have been in jail since May. The activists who had campaigned for women’s right to drive were arrested weeks before the ban on female drivers was lifted.

Yemen ceasefire Airstrikes, fighting resume in Yemen’s Hodeidah despite UN-brokered ceasefire

As a result of sustained aggression by US-backed Saudi led international coalition, Yemen has suffered a severe humanitarian crisis.

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