Freedom of expression

The story of the protest in Bilal Bagh and how it is not shut down by COVID-19
The story of the protest in Bilal Bagh and how it is not shut down by COVID-19 05 May 2020 Sneha Rajaram for GenderIT.org

The Bilal Bagh protests in India snowballed from an all-women sit-in to a highly disciplined, non-violent revolution, even as it headed on a collision course with the Indian state and, as the government claimed, the COVID-19 virus.

#FreeAlaa: Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on hunger strike protesting his continued illegal detention
#FreeAlaa: Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on hunger strike protesting his continued illegal detention 30 April 2020 Various

In this joint statement, APC and other civil society organisations, lawyers, journalists and activists call on the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Alaa Abdel Fattah, our courageous friend, human rights activist and blogger.

Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh audit of attacks on the media during the 30 days of lockdown
Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh audit of attacks on the media during the 30 days of lockdown 30 April 2020 Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh

The Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh, of which APC member VOICE is part, expresses deep concern over the series of attacks on journalists during the 30 days of countrywide lockdown imposed by the government for containment of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Egyptian Alaa Abdel Fattah on hunger strike to protest conditions in prison amid pandemic
Egyptian Alaa Abdel Fattah on hunger strike to protest conditions in prison amid pandemic 28 April 2020 APCNews

Renowned Egyptian blogger and political prisoner Alaa Abdel Fattah started a hunger strike on 30 March in Cairo’s Tora maximum security prison to protest the dire conditions in Egypt’s jails and the ban on family visits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

#BebaskanRavio: Free Ravio Patra and reveal the WhatsApp hackers
#BebaskanRavio: Free Ravio Patra and reveal the WhatsApp hackers 28 April 2020 Pitra Hutomo for Coconet

On April 22,  researcher and government critic Ravio Patra was arrested in Jakarta, Indonesia, not long after an attempt to protect his safety due to a WhatsApp privacy breach, prompting a larger discussion on the scale of authoritarian oppression in Indonesia. 

Coconet: To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, stop the war and internet shutdown in Arakan
Coconet: To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, stop the war and internet shutdown in Arakan 27 April 2020 Kyaw Lynn for Coconet

The internet is the primary source of information on the global COVID-19 pandemic. But Arakan in western Myanmar is currently experiencing the longest-running internet shutdown in the world, and the lack of access to information could put an already vulnerable population in a dangerous situation. 

Open letter on COVID-19 content moderation research
Open letter on COVID-19 content moderation research 22 April 2020 Various

APC joined dozens of other organisations and researchers to call on social media companies to enable future research and analysis about the “infodemic” side of COVID-19 by preserving information about what their systems are automatically blocking and taking down.

7amleh recognised with Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award 2020
7amleh recognised with Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award 2020 16 April 2020 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

APC member organisation 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media received this year's award in the digital activism category for its outstanding work educating the Palestinian public and the world about Palestinian digital rights issues.

APC member organisation EngageMedia celebrates 15 years of digital rights, video for change, and open technology
APC member organisation EngageMedia celebrates 15 years of digital rights, video for change, and open technology 13 March 2020 EngageMedia

Fifteen years ago, two youngsters met in a small house in Melbourne with the idea to build an online space for social issue documentaries from the Asia-Pacific. Today, the idea may seem a little banal. But the internet is no longer the free and open space it once was.

Defending freedom of expression and ensuring the safety and security of journalists in Bangladesh
Defending freedom of expression and ensuring the safety and security of journalists in Bangladesh 10 March 2020 Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE)

In the face of a rising number of attacks on journalists in Bangladesh, Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE), an APC member organisation, hosted a day-long media training workshop to discuss the challenges faced by journalists and explore solutions for this growing problem.

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