Freedom of expression

Why should we care about internet rights? Because internet rights are human rights, says APC

By APC (February 2011, APC )

The world has witnessed in Egypt and Tunisia that when governments feel threatened not only do they censor individuals but they also try to take away the tools they use to contact and inform each other and organise. APC thinks that internet rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of association, should not be taken from granted, and is working both globally and locally to make them a reality for all.

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Egypt: Regimes cannot overcome the power of people communicating in solidarity

(January 2011, APC )

“The power of people communicating in solidarity and joint action is a power that even the most over-confident rulers and regimes cannot overcome, not in the long term”, said APC’s executive director Anriette Esterhuysen. “What is happening in Egypt and Tunisia is a demonstration of people’s outrage and courage in the face of long term repression – now played out on and supported by the internet and mobile technologies.” APC joins the global solidarity with the Egyptian people as they take to the streets in the struggle for democratic reform and human rights.

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GISWatcher reports from “the free Tunisia”

TUNIS 21 January 2011 (Khaled Koubaa for GISWatch)
Tunisian protests“For those who don't know Tunisia,” writes Khaled Koubaa, Global Information Society Watcher based in Tunis. “Tunisia is a small country but a great nation. It was the first Arab country to abolish slavery in 1848, the first Arab country to establish a constitution in 1861, the first Arab country to abolish polygamy in 1956 and legalise abortion in 1973. And now Tunisia is the first Arab country to kick out its dictator and this without the help of any foreign nation!” Read more of Khaled's report on the GISWatch website.
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Blackout against internet censorship in Hungary

BUDAPEST 5 January 2011 (Robert Fidrich for Green Spider)

On 1 January 2011, a new law came into effect, which now enables the ruling party to gain control of the internet through the creation of a powerful censorship authority. To show our concern for fundamental rights and free speech we will black out our online presence on the 5 January 2011 for 24 hours. We ask that everyone concerned about fundamental rights and free speech to black out its online presence on the 5th January 2011 for 24 hours. To show your outrage and solidarity with the Hungarian media please include this HTML snippet into your site, which will automatically add a similar black splash screen as seen on this site.

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APCNews 133 – WikiLeaks, New report on ICTs/climate change/e-waste – 13/12/10

APCNews 133 – WikiLeaks, New report on ICTs/climate change/e-waste – 13/12/10

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APCNews – December 13 2010 – Year XI Issue 133
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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The WikiLeaks Cablegate affair is making

WikiLeaks exposés are a “wake-up call for powerful regimes”, says APC director

JOHANNESBURG 9 December 2010 (AE for APCNews)

The WikiLeaks Cablegate affair is making it clear to governments that they cannot so easily control what is secret and what is not, said Anriette Esterhuysen, APC executive director. “We citizens need both carrot and stick approaches in demanding and enforcing accountability and transparency from our governments. WikiLeaks is a useful stick,” said Esterhuysen.

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APC says, A stand for WikiLeaks is a stand for freedom of information online

By APC (December 2010, APC )

APC has issued a statement to express our deep concern about recent attempts by governments and businesses to close down the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. We call on all governments and the internet community to explicitly reject any form of online content control that limits freedom of expression and information, particularly information that contributes to making governments more transparent, and that empowers citizens to hold their governments accountable.

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Challenging pornophobia and moral beliefs of Congolese media practitioners

DRC

Today I challenged ideas around pornophobia and morality among Congolese media practitioners

I’m just back from a cyberdialogue organized in my country around ICT and violence against women. As my organization Si Jeunesse Savait is implementing a 2-year project on the topic, I felt like it was really the place to be today. I put aside planning for next year. That could wait.

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