Freedom of expression

HRC38: Eliminating online, digital and ICT-facilitated violence against women and girls
HRC38: Eliminating online, digital and ICT-facilitated violence against women and girls 18 June 2018

21 June 2018 from 13:00 to 14:30 Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva Digital technology has the potential to play an important role in advancing gender equality and empowering women and girls. Yet, women’s and girls’ ability to access, use and benefit from the transformative potential of digital technology is increasingly undermined by online, digital and ICT-facilitated violence against women and girls (VAWG). While states and digital intermediaries have taken important steps to a...

Reorienting rules for rights: A summary of the report on online content regulation by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Reorienting rules for rights: A summary of the report on online content regulation by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression 18 June 2018 APC

Summary of the report on online content regulation by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (A/HRC/38/35). The internet is the greatest tool in history for global access to information and expression. Internet companies have become central platforms for discussion and debate, information access, commerce and human development. Companies running platforms are enigmatic regulators, establishing a kind of “platform law” in wh...

2018 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) set to take place in Ghana
2018 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) set to take place in Ghana 14 June 2018

The Collaboration for International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is pleased to announce the fifth edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica). This year, the Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Media Foundation West Africa (MFWA) and will take place on 26-28 September 2018 in Accra, Ghana. The Forum is a landmark event that convenes vario...

Media Matters for Democracy: Concern over the abduction of Gul Bukhari and targeting of Asad Kharral
Media Matters for Democracy: Concern over the abduction of Gul Bukhari and targeting of Asad Kharral 06 June 2018

This statement was previously published by our member in Pakistan Media Matters for Democracy. Journalist and columnist Gul Bukhari was abducted by unknown persons on Tuesday 5th June 2018. After a few hours her family, who had earlier filed a missing person report with the police, confirmed through social media that she was back and ‘fine’. On the same night, another journal...

Tanzania: Civil society groups express concern over rapid decline in human rights
Tanzania: Civil society groups express concern over rapid decline in human rights 10 May 2018 CIVICUS

To President John Magufuli Your Excellency, We, the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs) from across the world, write to express our deep concern over the worrying decline in respect for human rights, including the rights to freedom of association, expression and peaceful assembly, in Tanzania. We urge your government to take proactive measures to protect these rights which are crucia...

Self-censorship in Pakistani media
Self-censorship in Pakistani media 09 May 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

As many as 88% of Pakistani journalists said they self-censor in their professional work and are most likely to hold back information related to religious and security matters in their reporting and personal conversations, according to new research by APC member Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD). The study, Surrendering to Silence: An Account of self-censorship among Pakistani journa...

Media Matters for Democracy: Surrendering to silence in Pakistan
Media Matters for Democracy: Surrendering to silence in Pakistan 03 May 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

Surrendering to Silence: An account of self-censorship among Pakistani journalists is the latest publication by APC member Media Matters for Democracy on the state of freedom of expression and censorship among journalists in Pakistan. This study sets out to test the claims of self-censorship in the Pakistani news media through a survey of journalists working in the country. The study ...

The right to scream: Research on sexuality, the internet and communication
The right to scream: Research on sexuality, the internet and communication 02 May 2018

This GenderIT.org edition is an exploration of the multiple layers of the relationship between sexuality, rights and sexual expression and the internet. Does it open up new avenues and forums for expression, or does it expose people to more variations of the violence, abuse and harassment that we face onground/offline? And is this even a question to ask, since it is now inevitable that we are a...

APC joins over 145 organisations to ask EU Council to stop a rushed EU copyright reform
APC joins over 145 organisations to ask EU Council to stop a rushed EU copyright reform 26 April 2018 Copyright for Creativity (C4C) Coalition

APC has joined over 145 organisations to send an open letter on the EU copyright reform to the EU member state ambassadors and deputy ambassadors ahead of the 27 April meeting of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the European Union (COREPER). At this meeting, the Bulgarian Council presidency wants the EU member states to endorse ...

 Launch and panel discussion “Unshackling Expression”: A discussion on decriminalising expression online in Asia
Launch and panel discussion “Unshackling Expression”: A discussion on decriminalising expression online in Asia 21 April 2018 APC

Regulations pertaining to online spaces have taken many forms. Information and communication technology (ICT) laws throughout Asia have provisions that seek to censor and criminalise speech online. These regulations pose a significant challenge to people’s freedom of expression and their ability to participate in democratic processes such as elections. Media and journalists along with human r...

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