Freedom of expression

APC breaks down the issues behind the Pakistan social media ban for Radio France International
APC breaks down the issues behind the Pakistan social media ban for Radio France International 26 May 2011 LC

On May 13 2011, the Lahore High Court in Pakistan ruled that Facebook and other websites were in violation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and should be banned in the country. Curious to understand more about this ruling, Clea Caulcutt of Radio France International’s Web Watch programme speaks to Grady Johnson of APC’s Internet Rights are Human Rights campaign to get a better understanding of what is at stake. Listen to the interview

UN Special Rapporteur breaks new ground
UN Special Rapporteur breaks new ground 25 May 2011 grady

Frank La Rue — the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression — is presenting his annual report at the Human Rights Council’s 17th session in Geneva. The report, available here, breaks ground in a number of important areas.

Internet Rights are Human Rights, says APC at Human Rights Council
Internet Rights are Human Rights, says APC at Human Rights Council 25 May 2011 APC

APC calls on the Human Rights Council to treat freedom of expression online as a human rights issue.

Human Rights Council: Take action!
Human Rights Council: Take action! 23 May 2011

On Friday 3 June 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Frank La Rue, will present his annual report to the Human Rights Council. This year the report will focus on the internet. Learn how you can support your country’s involvement in the defense of hunan rights on the internet.

New report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue
New report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue 20 May 2011 AL

This report, which focuses on FoE on the internet, will also be presented at APC’s side event to the Human Rights Council, on June 3. Summary: This report explores key trends and challenges to the right of all individuals to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds through the Internet.

BREAKING NEWS: Social networking sites face ban in Pakistan
BREAKING NEWS: Social networking sites face ban in Pakistan 19 May 2011

A new ruling by the Lahore High Court may result in a total ban of social media in Pakistan reports APC. Critics condemn the ban as unnecessary, unjust and ultimately counterproductive.

Anti-Facebook lawyer in violation of Pakistan's irony laws
Anti-Facebook lawyer in violation of Pakistan's irony laws 19 May 2011 grady

Muhammad Azhar Siddique, the lawyer behind the most recent push to ban social networking sites in Pakistan, told reporters that he spends up to 14 hours a day logged onto Facebook.

APC event at the UN Human Rights Council: Watch the video
APC event at the UN Human Rights Council: Watch the video 19 May 2011 APC

As part of APC’s Connect your rights! Internet Rights are Human Rights campaign, APC is co-hosted a side-event at the Human Rights Council’s seventeenth session in Geneva on 3 June.

Internet rights are human rights, claims APC before the Human Rights Council
Internet rights are human rights, claims APC before the Human Rights Council 19 May 2011 APC

APC calls on the Human Rights Council to treat freedom of expression online as a human rights issue.

Korean Progressive Network issues statement to the Human Rights Council
Korean Progressive Network issues statement to the Human Rights Council 16 May 2011 grady

The Korean Progressive Network JINBONET, which has received special consultative status for the seventeenth session of the UN Human Rights Council, has issued a call for the council to examine the issue of human rights and ICTs in South Korea.

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