Freedom of expression

Expression under repression - at WSIS and the 'Net
Expression under repression - at WSIS and the 'Net 18 November 2005 APC

With this excellent title Havis, an international NGO promoting the freedom of expression organised a whole two-day event, gathering a collection of rather interesting people from all over the globe. All discussions and presentations focused on the “most extreme cases”, the exercise of the freedom of communication under hostile regimes – hence the title. The Tunisian government has asked the organisers to change the topic of the event because they found it irrelevant to the ...

Roadblocks on the info superhighway
Roadblocks on the info superhighway 17 November 2005 APC

Blogger Neila Charchour Hachicha says these sites are being censured in Tunisia. We had no problem in accessing them from our part of the globe… so if you can’t get across from Tunis, you know Neila is right. * Reporters sans Frontières, * Parti Démocratique Progressiste, * human rights site Ligue tunisienne des droits de l’Homme, * site of the seven political prisoners on hunger-strike since October 18, 2005, * Parti Libéral Méditerranéen, * site of the Congress for...

Reporting WSIS... the translation chain
Reporting WSIS... the translation chain 17 November 2005 APC

Oneworld Southeast Europe team choose to contribute to the event translating some of the articles, comments, opinion coming from APC WSIS Blog, in its language edition: Albanian, Macedonian and Southslavic language group. The reason is simply that we belive that what is happening in Tunis is about us.

Updated list of censored sites
Updated list of censored sites 17 November 2005 APC

This is an update on an earlier story about Tunisian websites that are currently blocked in Tunis. Please see the list below of additional sites. Once again it is not a complete list but it is a very significant one.

An audible victory for human rights
An audible victory for human rights 16 November 2005 APC

It has been a crazy tiring, hectic and running-around day, so I am hoping to give a small glimpse at least before I pass out into oblivion. So, after working on this process for close to seven years, we are finally tying up the ribbons and signing on the dotted line with icing. Yes, it is WSIS II opening!

Strikes, counter strikes in human-rights
Strikes, counter strikes in human-rights 16 November 2005 APC

Today was a day of cancellation. The GEM (Gender Evaluation Methodology) Book launch was scheduled to happen at 2:00 pm, but in a demonstration of solidarity, APC decided to withdraw and cancel all of its side events scheduled for today…

Guess who's on Tunis's IP black list
Guess who's on Tunis's IP black list 16 November 2005 APC

It is a well-established fact that censors in all times in history were just stupid. However, the finding that the Tunisian government feels it important to censor a Hungarian research center on avantgarde art is a surprising discovery.

Mail & Guardian highlights police brutality
Mail & Guardian highlights police brutality 15 November 2005 APC

Mail and Guardian Online from South Africa is quoting APC to report on the manhandling, insulting and beating of journalists and human rights defenders at the WSIS.

Cause for concern: how free is free?
Cause for concern: how free is free? 15 November 2005 APC

IFEX Action Alert Network, the International Freedom of eXpression Clearing House has come out with a statement quoting Article 19 to point to attacks on journalists and others at the WSIS by the authorities. This statement is being distributed on behalf of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Civil Society’s Media Caucus.

Many civil society activities cancelled
Many civil society activities cancelled 15 November 2005 APC

Many international NGOs taking part in WSIS have collectively decided to cancel their activities planned for today at WSIS. This measure is intended to make government, private sector and civil society delegates aware of the human rights violations that have been adding up since the beginning of PrepCom3 resumed. It is also a clear showing of solidarity with all independent NGOs in Tunisia who ...

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