Ahmed Zidan

Ahmed Zidan, CPJ’s digital manager, previously worked as social media editor of Radio Netherlands Worldwide, reporter and contributor to the Arabic desk at RNW (Huna Sotak), and editor of ArabNet. He was the editor of Mideast Youth, which won the 2011 Best of Blogs award from Deutsche Welle. Follow him on Twitter @zidanism. His public PGP encryption key can be found here.

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Undiscoverable: How Al-Jazeera's Snapchat channel disappeared from three Gulf nations

September 10, 2018 12:35 PM ET

Search for "Al-Jazeera" on Snapchat, and the first result that comes up is a ubiquitous publisher channel in the app's famed vertical layout. That is, unless you are in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), or Bahrain. Users in these counties are instead offered a list of stores...

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A picture representing a mugshot of the Twitter bird is seen on a smart phone with a Turkish flag on March 26, 2014, in Istanbul, during the ban of the platform for two weeks in the country. OZAN KOSE AFP.jpg

How Turkey silences journalists online, one removal request at a time

August 13, 2018 12:00 PM ET

On June 19, Abdülhamit Bilici, the last editor-in-chief of the now-shuttered Turkish paper Zaman, tweeted about the decline of press freedom in his home country. If you can see his tweet, you are probably not in Turkey because it is among the over 1.5 million tweets belonging to journalists...

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