Freedom of expression

New report on internet and democracy is dedicated to the Arab revolutions

8 December 2011
JOHANNESBURG 8 December 2011 (APC/Hivos) -

Launching on December 10 — Human Rights Day — the Global Information Society Watch 2011 report investigates how governments and internet and mobile phone companies are trying to restrict freedom online — and how citizens are responding to this using the very same technologies.

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APC member Bytes for All condemns SMS keyword filtering in Pakistan

OTTAWA 2 December 2011 (GJ for APCNews)

Bytes for All, APC’s member in Pakistan, has written an open letter to the Prime Minister and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority criticising the proposed plan to filter keywords in sms messages.

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APC's UPR submissions set the stage for government accountability on internet rights

OTTAWA 29 November 2011 (GJ for APCNews)

APC is pleased to announce the submission of country reports for India, Brazil, South Africa and Ecuador for the Universal Periodic Review process, which will convene at the UN in May 2012. These reports mark the first time that internet-related human rights issues have been raised as part of the UPR, and sets the stage for holding governments accountable.

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Notes from the Sida conference on Internet Activism


The recent conference on internet activism, put on by the Swedish International Development Agency, was particularly enlightening.

APC's submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Ecuador

QUITO 23 November 2011 (APC for APCNews)

APC’s submission for Ecuador to the Universal Period Review process, with support from CIESPAL and Radialistas Apasionadas y Apasionados, highlights the critical importance of the Internet for human rights, as well as social and economic development.

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APC member Bytes for All condemns Pakistan's new censorship policy

ISLAMABAD 18 November 2011 (Bytes for All for Byes for All)

The Pakistan Telecommunications authority has issued a directive to all cellular providers to begin filtering SMS keywords, the latest in a series of restrictions to freedom of expression in the country.

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UPDATE November 18th: APC calls for the release of Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah

18 November 2011
JOHANNESBURG 18 November 2011 (APCNews) -

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (APC) November 1 — APC condemns the imprisonment of Alaa Abd El-Fattah, an influential Egyptian activist and blogger and long-time APC collaborator, for his conscientious obje

APC member May First/People Link sets new standard for transparency


The cooperatively-owned internet service provider May First/People Link has set a new standard for transparency. It has set up a wiki space which includes details on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the threats it poses to activists:

“The impact of this law is devastating for activists.

APC calls for the immediate release of Alaa Abd El-Fattah

JOHANNESBURG 1 November 2011 (APC for APCNews)

APC condemns the imprisonment of Alaa Abd El-Fattah, an influential Egyptian activist and blogger and long-time APC collaborator, for his conscientious objection to the use of military courts to try civilians in Egypt.

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APC to push for internet rights in UN human rights reviews

OTTAWA 31 October 2011 (GJ for APCNews)

The human rights records of forty-eight countries are under review this year as part of the Universal Periodic Review process. APC’s Joy Liddicoat and Henrik Almstrom explain the significance of the UPR and how APC is working for it to protect rights online.

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