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Iran's new "clean" national internet will push many to exile, says Iranian activist

CALGARY 8 March 2012 (LC for APCNews)

Surprising as it may be, the internet in Iran started out as comparatively open in the region. However, censorship and internet clampdowns noticeably increased when conservative president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to power in 2005. The internet had until then given activists, journalists and political dissidents a way to get around Iran’s restrictive media laws and communicate with the outside world.

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Papuan love letter video wins Best Documentary in South to South Film Festival

27 February 2012 (EngageMedia)

Maria Goreti, a papuan woman, was left pregnant and abandoned by an indonesian soldier. She and her 3-year-old daughter are still waiting for him to return. South to South Film Festival award-winning short film “Love letter to the Soldier” by EngageMedia tells her story.

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Locking up cyberspace could lead to undemocratic elections in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 24 February 2012 (Bytes for All)

The government of Pakistan currently has plans to filter the internet, which will affect freedom of expression, speech and opinion in the country. Bytes for All fears the internet will be further restricted as the 2013 general elections approach. Read the public statement by Bytes for All.

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Indonesia bans website for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

9 February 2012 (IGLHRC for APCNews)

The website for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is the latest victim of censorship in Indonesia. It joins a number of other LGBT rights organisations which have been blocked by pornography filters.

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Bangladesh Community Radio Forum 2012

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is a national networking body working for building a democratic society based on the principles of free flow of information, equitable & affordable access to Information & Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) of remote & marginalized population.

It gives our great pleasure to inform you that, we are planning to hold Bangla

Community Radio is now in existence in Bangladesh

5th Knowledge Sharing Workshop
Community Radio is now in existence in Bangladesh

“This is a great news for all of us that Community Radio is now in existence in Bangladesh!”-said Mr.

SCREENING: PAPUAN VOICES, Untold stories of the Papuan conflict

Tomorrow at the Neo Journalism Club join EngageMedia for the premier screening of six exclusive videos from inside West Papua.

In collaboration with our partners the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation and the Secretariat for Justice and Peace, EngageMedia presents Papuan Voices: untold stories of the Papuan conflict.

Our keynote screening will be Love Letter To A Soldier

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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Bangladesh: Focus on climate change means that e-waste has been ignored

CALGARY 21 November 2011 (LC for APCNews)

Bangladesh has committed to becoming “Digital Bangladesh” by 2021. But fifteen years after liberalising the telecommunications industry, the country faces a significant e-waste problem. And because e-waste belongs to no specific sector but rather, crosses over into several, it is a challenge to create any policies for its management and disposal, says a new report commissioned by APC and written by Partha Sarker and Munir Hassan.

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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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