As of Thursday, the number of Islamic State-linked publications shut down across the Middle East and North Africa had reached 5,543, according to the website of the Beirut-based Malayalam Women’s Magazine.
This includes women’s online magazine, veurvve women and magazines.
“We have reached this point because the Islamic state has not only targeted women’s publications, but also our publications,” said Mamdouh Khalifa, co-founder of the Malayali women’s website, Veurve Women.
“This has led us to the verge of being shut.
We will continue to work until the Islamic states are driven out of the region and the Islamic community is freed,” she said.
The number of women’s media outlets in the Middle Eastern and North African region has risen dramatically in the past two years, according the website.
“Since the beginning of the Islamic uprising in Syria, the Islamic countries have launched several campaigns to shut down media outlets,” said Neda al-Shami, an associate at the Institute for Middle East Policy in Beirut.
“And that’s what we have seen.
Some of the countries are launching similar campaigns, but there is a big difference between them,” she added.
Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Turkey all shut down some of their media outlets over the past year, according a report from the U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
These countries include Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, and Bahrain.
“The Islamic countries are all doing this in the name of combating terrorism, but it’s actually doing the opposite,” said Ahmed Abdi, the executive director of the Institute of Middle East Studies at the University of Minnesota.
“The goal is to close down the media outlets, but in reality it’s really doing the exact opposite,” he said.
Abdi pointed to the Saudi Arabian government’s plan to ban Saudi news sites such as Al-Ahram, Al-Jazeera, and al-Jazeerah.
“They are targeting all the news outlets,” he told Al Jazeera.
“There is a huge push to shut these outlets down.
And it’s a strategy that they’ve been using for a long time.
It’s just a matter of time before they succeed in doing so,” he added.”
A number of countries have banned all Saudi media outlets including the country’s main news channel, Al Arabiya, and it’s still a very active strategy to do so,” said Abdi.
The Malayalam Women’s magazine has also suffered in recent months.
“Our publications have been closed down in several countries, including the UAE and the United Kingdom, which have imposed harsh restrictions on the press,” said al-Mazrouni, a founder of the women’s organization.
“It’s not a new situation, but the Islamic regimes are targeting our publications and making us the target,” she continued.
Malayalam magazine had been running daily since 2014, and its articles were published by the Malayan newspaper Al-Masriya.
According to al-Masir, “We are a news magazine and it is our job to report what is going on in the region.
We have a reputation for being unbiased, but we do not hide the truth and the truth is the enemy of the state.””
We have received threats on Facebook and Twitter, so we have been forced to close our Facebook page and Twitter account.
The number of people who have received death threats has grown over the last few days,” she told Al-Monitor.
“I am trying to keep quiet.
I am worried about my safety and my children.
I just want to get out of this country,” she further added.
According to the Malaysian police, over a dozen individuals have been arrested since the beginning the year in connection with the publication’s closure.
According the Malala Fund, “More than 3,000 children have been exposed to the Taliban and other extremist groups and their families have been affected.”