Freedom of expression

Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy
Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy 15 May 2019 Koliwe Majama

Participants at the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum in Lagos, Nigeria agreed that the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is a good starting point for the protection and promotion of online rights and freedoms on the continent, which are increasingly under threat.

APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2019: Defending human rights in the context of shrinking democratic spaces online
APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2019: Defending human rights in the context of shrinking democratic spaces online 14 May 2019 APCNews

The APC community will be actively participating in the Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF), organised by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), which is taking place 16-17 May, preceded by the activities happening at the Pre-SIF on 15 May.

Open letter to states on preventative engagement with, and action on, Tanzania at the Human Rights Council’s 41st session
Open letter to states on preventative engagement with, and action on, Tanzania at the Human Rights Council’s 41st session 13 May 2019 Various

Ahead of the 41st regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, we write to call on your delegation to deliver statements, both jointly and individually, and to engage in bilateral démarches to address the ongoing deterioration of the human rights situation in Tanzania.

What is the role of media in elections and democracy? Join us in celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2019
What is the role of media in elections and democracy? Join us in celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2019 30 April 2019 APCNews

The APC community will be actively participating in the celebration of World Press Freedom Day 2019 on 3 May. We asked APC network members around the world to share their views and strategies for protecting freedom of the press and information, especially during crucial times like elections.

Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online
Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online 16 April 2019

If you are a designer, an artist, an illustrator or passionate about freedom of expression, internet rights and the power of tech, we invite you to take part in this contest! Deadline is on 30 May 2019.

Assange and Bini's arrests, a serious threat to freedom of expression worldwide
Assange and Bini's arrests, a serious threat to freedom of expression worldwide 12 April 2019 APCNews

"The forced removal of Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and the sudden termination of his political asylum should be seen as a violation of human rights, an attack on freedom of expression and an attempt to undermine international laws."

What is the impact of media concentration and monopolies on diversity online? Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival
What is the impact of media concentration and monopolies on diversity online? Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival 04 April 2019 APCNews

The internet was developed with the promise of democratising access to knowledge and enabling the exercise of freedom of expression. However, the emergence of corporations with enormous market power has affected freedom of expression and diversity. To discuss the implications of these trends, the EFF, APC and APC member Intervozes opened up a discussion at the Internet Freedom Festival tak...

Can we make internet standards feminist? Discussion at the Internet Freedom Festival
Can we make internet standards feminist? Discussion at the Internet Freedom Festival 02 April 2019 Leila Nachawati Rego

What are the impacts of internet protocols on society? How do protocols affect discriminated groups? Can human rights and feminism be embedded in protocol designs? This was the focus of the session "Let's make internet standards feminist" at the Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain.

APC at the Internet Freedom Festival 2019
APC at the Internet Freedom Festival 2019 01 April 2019 APCNews

The annual Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) in Valencia, Spain has become one of the main events for civil society on internet rights with a special focus on surveillance, censorship and circumvention worldwide. Here is a list of sessions that APC staff and members are organising or leading.

#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abdel Fattah released after five years in prison
#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abdel Fattah released after five years in prison 29 March 2019 Global Voices, IFEX, APC and others

Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah was released by authorities late on the night of 28 March after serving five years in prison for defying a protest ban. 

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