Freedom of expression

Part One: Defending online free speech and environmental rights in Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria

The June 29, 2007 decision of the Bulgarian Administrative Court (VAS) to remove the protected status
of the National Park Strandzha, has evoked a strong reaction from the
Bulgarian blogsphere and also from the country’s vibrant environmental
movement.

Bloggers intimidated as wave of environmental protests hits Bulgaria

SOFIA, BULGARIA 1 August 2007 (APC blog)

The Bulgarian police has called in bloggers and pressured them to stop writing about the recent wave of environmental protests that has swept across the country in the recent weeks. While the issue is hot in Bulgaria and broadly covered by the Bulgarian press, APC’s member in Bulgaria (BlueLink) believes this deserves to go global.

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Autonomy, security, identity: Beautiful words, worrying ties in the electronic world

MONTRÉAL, Canada

What does identity have to do with security? How can we guarantee secure electronic user identification without compromising "African journalists trained in how to communicate securely online" (APCNews and Toni Eliasz, 30 September 2004), Take Back the Tech! and APC Internet Rights Charter">privacy

? Why do airport officials need to know about your DNA when they are actually looking to see if you carry a bomb? The seventeenth edition of the Computer, Freedom and Privacy (CFP) conference held in Montréal, Canada, from May 1 to 4 2007, brought together many experts in order to tackle these questions.

Bulgaria: Local and international freedom of expression networks turn up the heat

MONTREAL, CANADA 22 May 2007 (FD for APCNews)

Amendments to Bulgaria’s Access to Public Information Act were passed by the National Assembly at the first reading. Many of the proposed changes breach established international standards on the right to information and appear specifically designed to hinder access to public records.

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Rococo BarCamp, Montreal 18-19-20 May 2007

Rococo BarCamp will gathers collaboratives practiciens, geeks, researchers, artists, and community workers around this theme:

AccidentalLinking: "Common ground, shared solutions" We invite you to our unconference, to share insights, wisdom and

knowledge, and learn from others about collaboration, creativity and self-management.

Films, Desire & Digital Spaces

Malaysia

It seems almost unreal to engage in conversations about
desire at a 15th Century fort in India, but that's exactly what Cheekay Cinco and
I did from 7 - 10 March. APC WNSP
organised a panel and workshop at Films of Desire, an event that brought together activists, human
rights advocates, film makers and academics to engage in dialogue around the socio-political
dimensions of representation. The focus of the event was around sexualities,
and how their mis/non/positive representations on screen is related to real
life negotiations on this difficult and shifting terrain.

Zimbabwean women demand real rights for international women's day

Cape Town, South Africa

Posted on behalf of Isabella Matambanadzo, based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

As the commemorations for International Women's Day draw nearer, I am inspired to write to you all about the legacy Sekai Holland and Grace Kwinjeh have made to our movement. I realise that in their immediate roles they are largely seen as representatives of opposition politics, but that is not where they have always been located, and it is certainly not what I wish to focus on through this Style information: Do not use e-mail with a hyphen.

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Violence in Zimbabwe

Harare, Zimbabwe

The situation in Zimbabwe has become very oppressive - not universally, but in isolated areas - an indication perhaps of the opposition re-engaging in the high density areas for the impending presidential (and possibly parliamentary) elections next year.

This time round though, it would appear that some of the opposition activists have decided to use violence themselves. Although understandable, it is worrying to consider the consequences of their actions which have not been particularly disciplined or well thought out. The police and army here are bad at the best of times - now with the "justification" of avenging their own injured we could expect to see even more aggravated assault.

Zimbabweans fight while SADC Watches in Silence: A Call to Action

Cape Town, South Africa

The following statement will be run in a least one major newspaper in every country in the SADC region and in at least 2 South African papers. To add your support to this statement (either as an individual or as an organisation) mail your support to Roshnee Narrandes (roshneen@osisa.org) Deadline: 14 March 2007 at 16h00.

Crisis in Zimbabwe - state abuse worsens

Cape Town, South Africa

The crisis in Zimbabwe worsens as the "government" in this glossary). As a general rule, "state" should not be capitalised.

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attacked its citizens on Sunday 11 March 2007 which resulted in the death of Gift Tandare. To follow events as they unfold, visit our index page on Strikes and Protests in Zimbabwe in 2007.

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