Freedom of expression

APC member releases study on hate speech online in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 9 June 2014 (Bytes for All Pakistan)

APC member Bytes for All Pakistan has just released the first study on hate speech online in the country. More than 92% of Pakistani users encountered hate speech online, and more than 51% identified themselves as targets of such speech, a survey included in the study revealed. Read more about the issue from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective.

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Civil society working to protect human rights online in Macedonia

Over the past few years, Macedonia has seen a backslide in democracy and human rights, including the swift enactment of a repressive new Media and Defamations laws.

Marco Civil Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights - English translation

Winnipeg, Canada

At the NETmundial opening ceremony in Sao Paulo, President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned the historic Marco Civil Internet Bill of Rights, which was formally approved by the national parliament in March.

New bill prompts debate on online freedoms and rights for New Zealanders

WELLINGTON 22 April 2014 (JL for APCNews)

APC welcomes the new Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill proposal launched by Green Party Member of Parliament Gareth Hughes in New Zealand. We believe it adds to the progressive trend to put internet rights at the centre of the political debate and opens the opportunity to address internet freedoms in a structural way.

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New bill prompts debate on online freedoms and rights for New Zealanders

22 April 2014
WELLINGTON 22 April 2014 (APCNews) -

APC welcomes the new Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill proposal launched by Green Party Member of Parliament Gareth Hughes in New Zealand.

Online surveillance and censorship in Sudan

SUDAN

Background

In Sudan there are four licensed telecommunications companies – Sudani, Zain, MTN and Canar ‒ which provide both internet and mobile phone services. Zain, MTN and Canar are foreign-owned companies, while the government owns 22% percent of Sudani shares and the rest are owned by private investors.

Director of APC member Bytes for All – Pakistan recognised in digital advocacy

NEW YORK 26 March 2014 (APCNews)

APC joins the international community in congratulating member and friend Shahzad Ahmad on his recent Doughty Street Advocacy Award, and is proud to stand with Ahmad in the fight for freedom of expression wherever it is threatened.

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Nigeria and the UPR: Human rights on the internet

LAGOS

The final adoption of recommendations made to Nigeria at the Universal Periodic Review took place on the 20th of March 2014 (video available here). Nigeria, a member state of the UN, was previously reviewed at the 17th session of the UPR in October 2013.

Turkey violates human rights by banning Twitter

NEW YORK 21 March 2014 (APCNews)

APC expresses concern over the Turkish government’s decision to block access to Twitter in the country. We are particularly concerned in the light of Turkey being the host country of the 2014 Internet Governance Forum, a space that strives for a democratic and inclusive internet.

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Turkey violates human rights by banning Twitter

(March 2014, APC )

APC urges the Turkish government to respect international human rights standards and to immediately cease blocking, filtering and censorship of content and expression online.

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