APCNews 159 – Freedom of expression online, vote for GISWatch! – 12/03/12

APCNews – March 12 2012 – Year XII Issue 159
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development

HRC expert panel on freedom of expression is only the beginning

GENEVA (APC) – APC welcomes the success of the Human Rights Council expert panel on freedom of expression on 29 February, the first time human rights on the internet have ever been specifically discussed by the UN. The panel was an important step towards promoting and protecting human rights online. Anriette Esterhuysen, APC’s executive director and panellist said, “It was extremely encouraging that states agree that the same rights that apply in the offline world also apply online.”

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Papuan love letter video wins Best Documentary in South to South Film Festival

INDONESIA (EngageMedia) – Maria Goreti, a papuan woman, was left pregnant and abandoned by an indonesian soldier. She and her 3-year-old daughter are still waiting for him to return. South to South Film Festival award-winning short film “Love letter to the Soldier” by EngageMedia tells her story.

Iran’s new “clean” national internet will push many to exile, says Iranian activist

CALGARY (LC for APCNews) – Surprising as it may be, the internet in Iran started out as comparatively open in the region. However, censorship and internet clampdowns noticeably increased when conservative president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to power in 2005. The internet had until then given activists, journalists and political dissidents a way to get around Iran’s restrictive media laws and communicate with the outside world.



Freedom of expression, rights and the internet

UN official summary of the panel on freedom of expression and the internet – Geneva”: http://bit.ly/yW22hE

APC’s role at the UN Human Rights Council: http://www.apc.org/en/node/12929/

The Universal Periodic Review explained: http://www.apc.org/en/node/13273/

Mapping internet rights FOE and democracy: http://www.giswatch.org/mapping-democracy/freedom-expression/mapping-int...

FOE on the internet – implications for foreign policy: http://www.giswatch.org/en/freedom-expression/freedom-expression-interne...

Internet rights and democratisation: 2011 report: http://www.giswatch.org/en/2011


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