Freedom of expression

Malaysian parliament should heed civil society calls to reject flawed Communications and Multimedia Act amendments
Malaysian parliament should heed civil society calls to reject flawed Communications and Multimedia Act amendments 16 May 2016 APC

APC is alarmed at the proposed amendments to the Communications and Multimedia Act in Malaysia. We stand with the coalition of Malaysian civil society organisations known as Net Merdeka in calling for the parliament to reject all amendments, which compromise the right to freedom of expression.  

Digital rights advocacy in the Arab world and the Universal Periodic Review
Digital rights advocacy in the Arab world and the Universal Periodic Review 01 May 2016 Wafa Ben Hassine

This report explores how local groups in the Maghreb and Machrek regions are engaged in internet-related rights advocacy at the national and regional levels, and how that reflects upon the inclusion of these issues in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.  

Private sector has responsibility to protect the right to free expression
Private sector has responsibility to protect the right to free expression 28 April 2016 APC

As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in our daily lives, the policies of a broad array of private actors have an impact on freedom of expression in the digital age. APC welcomes the focus of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression on the responsibilities of the ICT sector, and the opportunity to contribute to his study. While there has been significan...

Freedom of expression and the private sector in the digital age
Freedom of expression and the private sector in the digital age 28 April 2016 APC

APC welcomes the focus of the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression on the responsibilities of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector to protect and promote freedom of expression in the digital age, and the opportunity to contribute to this study.

Sudan blocks civil society participation in UN-led human rights review
Sudan blocks civil society participation in UN-led human rights review 04 April 2016 Various

The efforts of the Sudanese government to obstruct the engagement of civil society activists in a UN-led human rights review of the country is unacceptable and shows blatant contempt not just for human rights defenders in Sudan, but to human rights standards and the UN Human Rights Council.  

EXLILA: What is the state of internet freedoms in Latin America?
EXLILA: What is the state of internet freedoms in Latin America? 27 March 2016 APC

What is the state of internet freedoms in Latin America? That is the main question that our partners in Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Paraguay set out to answer, as part of the Examining Internet Freedoms in Latin America (EXLILA) project.    

At the Internet Freedom Festival: "Political expression, minorities, human rights defenders are under threat in Pakistan"
At the Internet Freedom Festival: "Political expression, minorities, human rights defenders are under threat in Pakistan" 09 March 2016 APC

“Political expression, minorities, human rights defenders, journalists are under threat in Pakistan.” This was the message stressed at the beginning of a session organised by Bytes for All, Pakistan, on the state of surveillance and censorship in the country, at the Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain.

Internet Freedom Festival, a civil society response to censorship and surveillance
Internet Freedom Festival, a civil society response to censorship and surveillance 03 March 2016 APC

“Joining Forces to Fight Censorship and Surveillance” is the motto of the Internet Freedom Festival taking place in Valencia on 1-6 March.    

EMPOWER Malaysia: "The best way to counter alleged misinformation is more information"
EMPOWER Malaysia: "The best way to counter alleged misinformation is more information" 29 February 2016 APC

This was the message sent by Malaysian human rights group EMPOWER, in reaction to the latest internet censorship developments in the country.

EMPOWER Malaysia: "Stop censoring information"
EMPOWER Malaysia: "Stop censoring information" 26 February 2016 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged at the blocking of The Malaysian Insider by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). We are alarmed that this is only the latest manifestation of an ongoing and worsening trend of internet censorship in Malaysia.