Freedom of expression

Save Your Internet: Delete Article 13
Save Your Internet: Delete Article 13 04 September 2018

Update (4 September 2018): In the run-up to the 12 September vote in the European Parliament Plenary, we encourage you to join the Copyright Action Week from 4 to 11 September. The goal is to amplify the voices of communities impacted by Article 13. More info on the Save Your Internet website. Republished from the Save Your Internet website.  On 20-21 June, the lead committee in the European Parliament (EP), the Legal Affairs Committee, will vote on its Report on Copyright in t...

How did APC contribute to change in 2017? Our annual report is out!
How did APC contribute to change in 2017? Our annual report is out! 25 September 2018 FF

2017 was a year of transition for APC. This is something that speaks very positively of the health and vibrancy of a nearly 30-year-old network. As Bishakha Datta, chair of APC's board of directors, puts it in her introduction: “Access. Rights. A Feminist Internet. Governance. Use and Development. Community. (Or FAIR and GUD-C, as I affectionately acronymised them for myself.) These are the pillars of APC’s strategic plan. (...) But there’s one key letter missing from this big picture ...

New APC member Damián Loreti: “Media laws are part of the political and legal battlefield”
New APC member Damián Loreti: “Media laws are part of the political and legal battlefield” 21 September 2018 APCNews

Vice-president of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) for Latin America and the Caribbean and professor of media law, new APC individual member Damián Loreti is one of the leading experts on freedom of expression in the region. Fourteen years after the drafting of the document “21 Key Points for the Right to Communication”, a citizen initiative calling for a new d...

Free spectrum and freedom of expression in the 21st century
Free spectrum and freedom of expression in the 21st century 21 September 2018 Adriano Belisário

Based on a review of the basic concepts regarding electromagnetic spectrum and its management, this article explores a few differences between the notions of “free spectrum” and “open spectrum” in order to understand some challenges related to freedom of expression in the 21st century. [1] The spectrum, invisible Today, it is difficult to imagine something more ubiquitous than the elect...

HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt
HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt 18 September 2018 Access Now, APC

Delivered by: Wafa Ben-Hassine on 18 September 2018 Thank you Mr. President. I represent Access Now and the Association for Progressive Communications, as well as over 40 other global human rights organisations that are ringing the alarm bell on the latest oppressive measures imposed on Egyptians online. I wish to bring to the Council’s attention the Cybercrime Law and the Media Regulation La...

India: Decriminalisation must pave the way to positive rights
India: Decriminalisation must pave the way to positive rights 10 September 2018 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the verdict of the Supreme Court of India on 6 September 2018 decriminalising consensual sex between all adults, irrespective of gender. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code – a remnant of the British colonial era and Victorian morality – has long been an issue fought against by activists. The court has finally...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 39th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 39th session 09 September 2018 Deborah Brown and Sebastián Becker Castellaro (APC) and Aurora A. Sauter (Access Now)

The 39th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is taking place on 10-28 September 2018 in Geneva. Relevant issues on the agenda this session for internet rights advocates include new reports from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the right to privacy in the digital age and on mechanisms concerned with ensuring the safety of journalists (as well as a resolution ...

Statement opposing Egypt’s legalisation of website blocking and communications surveillance
Statement opposing Egypt’s legalisation of website blocking and communications surveillance 06 September 2018 Various

NGOs call for full repeal of Egypt’s “cybercrime” law and block of dangerous law regulating media. We, the undersigned, call for the immediate repeal of the Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes Law (“The Cybercrime Law”), as well as the review and reform of articles on internet surveillance and blocking of websites in the law on the regulation of the press and media (“T...

Foundation for Media Alternatives: Freedom of Information and Data Protection in the Philippines
Foundation for Media Alternatives: Freedom of Information and Data Protection in the Philippines 22 August 2018 Foundation for Media Alternatives

Freedom of information – also referred to as the right to information – is the fundamental right of an individual to access information under the control or custody of the government. The United Nations General Assembly considers it as an integral part of the right of freedom of expression, which is enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). By its very nat...

Tanzania: Joint civil society letter calls on Human Rights Council member states to address crackdown on human rights
Tanzania: Joint civil society letter calls on Human Rights Council member states to address crackdown on human rights 21 August 2018 Various

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland 16 August 2018 Tanzania: Open letter to states for joint action to address crackdown on civic space and prevent a further deterioration of the situation Excellency, Ahead of the 39th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (“the Council”), which will be held from...

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