Freedom of expression

Ford Foundation conference sheds light on internet freedom
Ford Foundation conference sheds light on internet freedom 21 February 2011 KB

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported the Ford Foundation is advocating that the internet is not merely a way to help further social change, but is integral to making that change happen.

Why should we care about internet rights? Because internet rights are human rights, says APC
Why should we care about internet rights? Because internet rights are human rights, says APC 01 February 2011 APC

The world has witnessed in Egypt and Tunisia that when governments feel threatened not only do they censor individuals but they also try to take away the tools they use to contact and inform each other and organise. APC thinks that internet rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of association, should not be taken from granted, and is working both globally and locally to make them a reality for all.

Egypt: Regimes cannot overcome the power of people communicating in solidarity
Egypt: Regimes cannot overcome the power of people communicating in solidarity 28 January 2011

“The power of people communicating in solidarity and joint action is a power that even the most over-confident rulers and regimes cannot overcome, not in the long term”, said APC’s executive director Anriette Esterhuysen. “What is happening in Egypt and Tunisia is a demonstration of people’s outrage and courage in the face of long term repression – now played out on and supported by...

GISWatcher reports from “the free Tunisia”
GISWatcher reports from “the free Tunisia” 21 January 2011 Khaled Koubaa

“For those who don't know Tunisia,” writes Khaled Koubaa, Global Information Society Watcher based in Tunis. “Tunisia is a small country but a great nation. It was the first Arab country to abolish slavery in 1848, the first Arab country to establish a constitution in 1861, the first Arab country to abolish polygamy in 1956 and legalise abortion in 1973. And now Tunisia is the first Arab ...

Blackout against internet censorship in Hungary
Blackout against internet censorship in Hungary 05 January 2011 Robert Fidrich

On 1 January 2011, a new law came into effect, which now enables the ruling party to gain control of the internet through the creation of a powerful censorship authority. To show our concern for fundamental rights and free speech we will black out our online presence on the 5 January 2011 for 24 hours. We ask that everyone concerned about fundamental rights and free speech to black out its onli...

APC statement: Venezuelan reforms must not affect human rights and freedom of expression on the internet
APC statement: Venezuelan reforms must not affect human rights and freedom of expression on the internet 17 December 2010 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is concerned about potential Venezuelan legislative reform that would delegate legislative powers to the President without clearly setting any limits. This will affect the power balance that is necessary in a functioning democracy as a guarantee for the validity, respect and exercise of human rights, including freedom of expression. APC al...

WikiLeaks exposés are a “wake-up call for powerful regimes”, says APC director
WikiLeaks exposés are a “wake-up call for powerful regimes”, says APC director 09 December 2010 AE

The WikiLeaks Cablegate affair is making it clear to governments that they cannot so easily control what is secret and what is not, said Anriette Esterhuysen, APC executive director. “We citizens need both carrot and stick approaches in demanding and enforcing accountability and transparency from our governments. WikiLeaks is a useful stick,” said Esterhuysen.

APC says, A stand for WikiLeaks is a stand for freedom of information online
APC says, A stand for WikiLeaks is a stand for freedom of information online 07 December 2010 APC

APC has issued a statement to express our deep concern about recent attempts by governments and businesses to close down the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. We call on all governments and the internet community to explicitly reject any form of online content control that limits freedom of expression and information, particularly information that contributes to making governments more transpar...

Challenging pornophobia and moral beliefs of Congolese media practitioners
Challenging pornophobia and moral beliefs of Congolese media practitioners 30 November 2010 Françoise Mukuku

Today I challenged ideas around pornophobia and morality among Congolese media practitioners I’m just back from a cyberdialogue organized in my country around ICT and violence against women. As my organization Si Jeunesse Savait is implementing a 2-year project on the topic, I felt like it was really the place to be today. I put aside planning for next year. That could wait.

Internet rights are human rights
Internet rights are human rights 22 November 2010 APC

Restricting free expression, association and the free flow of information on the internet has become a global trend and its intensity and impact is greatest in countries lacking a culture of democracy or strong human rights regimes. People who speak out against repression risk their own freedom and safety and the sites that carry their online denouncements are often censored or banned. A new AP...

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