Shaimaa Abu Elkhir/CPJ Middle East & North Africa Representative

Shaimaa Abu Elkhir, an Egyptian journalist and human rights defender, is the former Cairo-based representative for CPJ. She previously worked as the Regional Media and Communications Officer at the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network. In 2008, she was awarded a fellowship at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina. She has reported for several Egyptian newspapers and television stations.

Tunisia constitution needs stronger free press guarantees

Human rights groups and legislators are praising the third and final draft of Tunisia’s new constitution as one of the most liberal charters in the Arab world–and for being arrived at by a remarkably consensual process among political parties, especially if compared with neighboring Egypt and Libya.

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