A year-long investigation by BBC Arabic and a Danish newspaper has uncovered evidence that the UK defence giant BAE Systems has made large-scale sales across the Middle East of sophisticated surveillance technology, including to many repressive governments. These sales have also included decryption software which could be used against the UK and its allies.

Much of this technology, which is covered by the same international laws as military equipment, has come from a British company. It’s an important tool in the fight against terrorism but as Nawal Al Maghafi reports it may have been used by repressive governments to silence dissent and human rights campaigners…

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