Freedom of expression

APC condemns murder of Maldivian blogger and human rights activist Yameen Rasheed
APC condemns murder of Maldivian blogger and human rights activist Yameen Rasheed 25 April 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) strongly condemns the murder of Yameen Rasheed, a prominent journalist, blogger, social media commentator and human rights defender in the Maldives. APC considers this killing as an outrageous and unconscionable attack on freedom of expression.  Rasheed was a known critic of the government of the Maldives and its role in corruption and human rights violations. He had received numerous death threats as a result of his writing,...

Pakistan: Religious intolerance and impunity nurture killing field
Pakistan: Religious intolerance and impunity nurture killing field 19 April 2017

Islamabad, April 2017 Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemn the gruesome killing of 23-year-old Mashal Khan by a vigilante mob at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan for purported blasphemy. The horrific incident is yet another case in which the state completely failed in providing protection to its citizens. According to media reports, Mashal Khan w...

Chelsea Manning and other political prisoners: Report from Internet Freedom Festival
Chelsea Manning and other political prisoners: Report from Internet Freedom Festival 02 April 2017 Mallory Knodel

For International Women’s Day, some human rights and technology groups threw a benefit party for Chelsea Manning in Valencia, Spain as part of the annual Internet Freedom Festival. Chelsea Manning is an important activist in internet freedom for using the online platform Wikileaks to inform the world about classified US documents revealing corruption and civilian casualties. She was recently ...

Briefing paper: Desecrating expression
Briefing paper: Desecrating expression 26 March 2017 Peter Jacob

Through interviews with different stakeholders and experts, Bytes for All, Pakistan, in collaboration with other CSOs in the region, importantly Forum Asia, carried out a qualitative mapping of the general climate around freedom of expression in Asia and the challenges faced. The assertions in this paper benefit from the mapping exercise that involved nine Asian countries, namely Bangladesh, In...

Economic, social and cultural rights and the internet at the Internet Freedom Festival
Economic, social and cultural rights and the internet at the Internet Freedom Festival 22 March 2017 Leila Nachawati Rego

What do we mean when we say economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet? This is the question that opened the session hosted by APC at the Internet Freedom Festival on 10 March in Valencia, Spain. “While civil and political rights are individual rights, economic, social and cultural rights are for individuals and also for groups and communities. Also...

From a RightsCon panel to a digital app
From a RightsCon panel to a digital app 13 March 2017 Asad Baig, Media Matters for Democracy

It was in 1996 that John Perry Barlow wrote the iconic Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. The declaration, which framed the internet as the ultimate equalizer, included the lines, “We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth. We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may expres...

Joint written statement submitted by APC to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council: Freedom of expression and religion in Asia
Joint written statement submitted by APC to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council: Freedom of expression and religion in Asia 16 February 2017 APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the organisations supporting this joint statement welcome the appointment of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed as the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief and his report to be presented at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC). We look forward to engaging with the mandate to address the persistent implementation gaps concer...

Cameroon maintains internet shutdown despite international outcry
Cameroon maintains internet shutdown despite international outcry 31 January 2017 APC

Restrictions on internet access – commonly known as internet shutdowns – in north-west and south-west Cameroon are now in their 14th day. The restrictions ordered by the government of Cameroon, which have been in effect since 17 January 2017, have specifically targeted Anglophone regions, reportedly following protests against the marginalisation of Anglophone Cameroonians’ cultural and li...

SMEX: Advancing self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa
SMEX: Advancing self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa 31 January 2017

Social Media Exchange (SMEX) is a registered Lebanese NGO that works to advance self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). While they engage globally, Lebanon is their home, making Arab society and culture their primary context for action. APCNews interviewed Jessica Dheere and Mohamad Najem, the co-directors of SMEX, which just joined the APC network. APC...

APC's statement on the internet shutdown in Cameroon
APC's statement on the internet shutdown in Cameroon 30 January 2017 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) notes with grave concern the restrictions on internet access – commonly known as internet shutdowns – ordered by the government of Cameroon. The restrictions, which have been in effect since 17 January 2017, have specifically targeted Anglophone regions of Cameroon, reportedly following protests against the marginalisation of Anglophone C...

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