Freedom of expression

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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Sneak preview of GISWatch 2011

OTTAWA 28 October 2011 (GJ for APCNews)

The new edition of Global Information Society Watch 2011 focuses on internet rights and democracy. It features stories from almost 60 countries including on internet in prisons in Argentina and the role of social media during the Arab uprisings. GISW 2011 is out in December but you can read some chapters now online.

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Egypt's Supreme Council goes "old school" on Egyptian blogger

The retrial of jailed Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad was postponed this week, sparking anger and protest.

Maikel has been imprisoned since 28 March for his criticism of the military government, however, his original sentencing was overturned on appeal.

APC welcomes the passing of the Swedish resolution to investigate human rights on the internet

NAIROBI 30 September 2011 (APC for APCNews)

The Swedish proposal to establish an expert panel on human rights and the internet passes by consensus at the Human Rights Council. APC welcomes this as a crucial step to having internet rights be the theme of the 2012 IGF.

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Can we have internet governance without internet rights?

NAIROBI 29 September 2011 (APC for APCNews)

APC’s pre-event on access as a right helps bring human rights issues to the forefront at the Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi

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