SMEX: Channeling Advocacy



Catch up on news, updates and popular pages. It is highly rated by users from Lebanon and Egypt. is a website that might be still building its audience and thus rated quite low by Alexa (estimated traffic is around 15K visitors per month). SMEX provides generally secure and family-safe content, so users of all ages can visit it.


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  • New Site Tracks Global Online Censorship by Social Media Platforms

    As it happens, governments, like Lebanon’s, are not the only ones censoring online expression. Internet companies, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google, regularly remove user content that is deemed either to violate terms of service (TOS) agreements...

  • Are Alfa and Touch violating user rights by imposing the national anthem ringing tone?

    للقراءة باللغة العربية Last Friday, the Lebanese population woke up to the Lebanese national anthem as the new ringing tone for both national mobile network operators, Touch and Alfa. It turned out that this was in celebration of Independence Day, and...

  • SMEX Joins the IFEX Network!

    We are excited to announce that SMEX is now a full member IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange. The exchange, founded in 1992, is a network of 104 organizations from around the world connected by a shared commitment to to defend and...

  • Arab Internet Governance Forum is happening in Beirut The Fourth Annual Meeting of the Arab Internet Governance Forum will be held for the second consecutive time in Beirut. The forum will be hosted by OGERO Telecom, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)...

  • After Blasts That Killed 43 People, Lebanon Asks: ‘What About Us?’

    The Beirut blasts, claimed by ISIS, killed 43 people. Photograph from the blast site shared by @zahri_abbas on Twitter After the deadly Beirut blasts, friends and families from outside and inside of Lebanon immediately began checking in on one another...

  • Global Voices’ Hisham Almiraat Faces Trial in Morocco

    Hisham Almiraat in his home city of El Jadida, Morocco in October 2013. Photo by Ellery Biddle. Claudio Guarnieri contributed to this post. Hisham Almiraat, a medical doctor and long-time community leader at Global Voices, will face trial in Morocco...

  • How to add a flag to your Facebook profile picture?

    للقراءة باللغة العربية If you’ve been active on social media in the past four days, you probably know about the tragedies that have struck all over the world in the last week. You’ve likely also noticed that people are showing their support and solidarity...

  • Freedom of Expression Regressing in Lebanon, Online and On the Ground

    Student Ashraf al-Rasheeni with a picture of his degree that he published on Facebook Five civil activists have spent their eighth night in detention on ambiguous charges, such as encouraging demonstrations, disturbing the peace, and rioting, and have...

  • Free Alaa Campaign Takes Social Media by Storm on the First Anniversary of His Imprisonment

    Friends and supporters changed their avatars on social media to this Free Alaa poster to protest the first anniversary of his unfair imprisonment. It’s been a year since the imprisonment of Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah, an icon of the Egyptian...

  • IPv6 Coordination Meeting, Beirut

    The RIPE NCC, in coordination with Data Consult, presents IPv6 Week in Beirut. IPv6 Week comprises a three-day workshop, held from 2-4 November, followed by an IPv6 Coordination Day, held on 5 November 2015. IPv6 Week aims to support the technical...

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