Freedom of expression

#HoldTheLine Coalition welcomes dismissal of cyber-libel charge against Maria Ressa and calls for remaining charges to be dropped
#HoldTheLine Coalition welcomes dismissal of cyber-libel charge against Maria Ressa and calls for remaining charges to be dropped 12 August 2021 Hold the Line Coalition

APC and the more than 80 other organisations that comprise the Coalition welcome the dismissal of a cyber-libel charge against Rappler CEO and founder Maria Ressa in the Philippines – the second spurious charge against Ressa to be dropped in just two months.

Dewesternising media, communication and technologies research: Session I of the Challenge Lecture Series 2021 unpacks why caste in communications needs better scholarship
Dewesternising media, communication and technologies research: Session I of the Challenge Lecture Series 2021 unpacks why caste in communications needs better scholarship 11 August 2021 APCNews

The Challenge Lecture Series 2021 which began on 6 August 2021, aims to explore how caste is studied and analysed in the current context of media and technology and make recommendations on new approaches to fully understand caste and analyse how it affects societies across the world.

CIPESA: Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2021 set for September
CIPESA: Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2021 set for September 11 August 2021 Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)

On 28-30 September, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa will host the eighth annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica), an event that convenes a wide spectrum of stakeholders from across the internet governance and digital rights arenas.

Amplified Abuse: Report on Online Violence Against Women in the 2021 Uganda General Election
Amplified Abuse: Report on Online Violence Against Women in the 2021 Uganda General Election 06 August 2021 Arthur Kakande, Garnett Achieng, Neema Iyer, Bonnita Nyamwire, Sandra Nabulega and Irene Mwendwa

The main objective of this study was to assess the impact of online violence against women in politics in Uganda and determine how it might impact their use of digital solutions and social media platforms for expression and participation in the elections.

Challenging hate: Lecture series will focus on decolonising media, communication, and technology studies from an (anti)caste perspective
Challenging hate: Lecture series will focus on decolonising media, communication, and technology studies from an (anti)caste perspective 30 July 2021 APCNews

How is the centuries-old practice of caste being re-manifested in today’s digital cultures? How can we make a truly caste-sensitive media and internet? To explore these questions and more, join us for this upcoming lecture series hosted by APC's Challenge project, beginning 6 August. 

Digital rights in Zimbabwe: Joint submission to the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Zimbabwe
Digital rights in Zimbabwe: Joint submission to the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Zimbabwe 20 July 2021 Various

This UPR submission was co-authored by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe Chapter, Small Media and Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), and supported by APC and numerous other global and regional organisations.

HRC47: Joint oral statement on internet shutdowns in the context of protests
HRC47: Joint oral statement on internet shutdowns in the context of protests 01 July 2021 ARTICLE 19, Access Now and APC

In recognition of the 250 organisations in the #KeepItOn Coalition against internet shutdowns, we urge all states to immediately and unconditionally cease shutting down, throttling, or blocking the internet.

HRC47: APC oral statement on gendered disinformation
HRC47: APC oral statement on gendered disinformation 28 June 2021 APC

APC welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, in particular its recognition of gendered disinformation online and the recommendation to states and companies to confront it, as well as to give special attention to its consequences in the offline world.

HRC47: Joint oral statement on Colombia
HRC47: Joint oral statement on Colombia 28 June 2021 Various

Karisma, FLIP, ILEX, CEJIL, IFEX, Derechos Digitales and APC urge the Human Rights Council to call on the Colombian state to guarantee, respect and protect the exercise of human rights online and offline in the country.

Seeding change: Media Matters for Democracy on media building and fighting harassment of women journalists in Pakistan
Seeding change: Media Matters for Democracy on media building and fighting harassment of women journalists in Pakistan 23 June 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities' lives? In Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy has been working on media building, fighting censorship and defending women journalists in an increasingly regressive context.

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