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Ang Pangako: Mapping extrajudicial killings in the Philippines
Ang Pangako: Mapping extrajudicial killings in the Philippines 20 July 2018 APC

More than two years into the campaign against illegal drugs started by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, accountability remains a problem. To address this issue, Ang Pangako,  a website to help seek and demand accountability for extrajudicial killings, was launched during the Commission on Human Rights in April 2018. The website, created by APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), is a repository which maps the aftereffects of president D...

Gendering Self-Censorship: Women Journalists and the Double Bind
Gendering Self-Censorship: Women Journalists and the Double Bind 18 July 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

Women, no matter which region, field or context they are in, are no strangers to self-censorship. The social constructs of "good women" globally encourage submissive, compromising behaviour from women, and self-censorship, especially in matters of importance, is generally encouraged. Pakistani women are no different. Censoring themselves, especially if their opinions are dissenting from the mainstream, is second nature. At home and within their families, censoring their fe...

Media Matters for Democracy: Letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation
Media Matters for Democracy: Letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation 05 July 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

  Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD), our member in Pakistan, has published a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation and ensure implementation of  the Code of Conduct (CoC) for political parties in online spaces. We are republishing their letter here, in the context of political and religious violence i...

Big data and data privacy in the Philippines
Big data and data privacy in the Philippines 03 July 2018 Foundation for Media Alternatives

What is big data? Given its name, does one define it simply in terms of size or quantity? If that’s the case, much of the excitement that surrounds it is overblown. History, after all, is teeming with evidence of humans dealing with generous amounts of data. That also means the concept is a dated one, merely resuscitated from relative obscurity. No. Big data goes beyond that—though volume r...

Universal Periodic Review
Universal Periodic Review 02 July 2018

In partnership with members and networks, APC’s Internet Rights programme advocates for the protection, promotion and respect of human rights at the national level through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a unique mechanism of the Human Rights Council involving a review of the human rights records of all UN member states. With our members and partners, APC has submitted stakehol...

Joint oral statement on Malaysia at the Human Rights Council 38th session
Joint oral statement on Malaysia at the Human Rights Council 38th session 27 June 2018 APC, Centre for Independent Journalism Malaysia, EMPOWER, Justice for Sisters and Pelangi Campaign

Oral statement delivered under Item 4: General Debate UN Human Rights Council 38th Session 27 June 2018 Thank you, Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications, Centre for Independent Journalism Malaysia, EMPOWER, Justice for Sisters and Pelangi Campaign would like to congratulate the newly elected government of Malaysia for committing to uphold human rights in online spaces an...

Right to information: Clouds over Pakistan’s "sunshine laws"
Right to information: Clouds over Pakistan’s "sunshine laws" 27 June 2018 Sadaf Khan

In October 2017, Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) and its team of reporters started a journalistic endeavour to test the effectiveness of the right to information (RTI) laws in the federal capital Islamabad, and the provinces of Sindh, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Between October 2017 and March 2018, the team filed a total of 195 records requests to different public bodies across Pakistan ...

The RTI implementation challenge: An overview of implementation status of RTI laws in Federal, Sindh, KP and Punjab
The RTI implementation challenge: An overview of implementation status of RTI laws in Federal, Sindh, KP and Punjab 27 June 2018 Waqas Naeem

In the last five years the legislative landscape governing the practice of the right to information (RTI) in Pakistan has improved tremendously. RTI was codified as a constitutional right of the citizens of Pakistan with the 18th amendment in April 2010. The right was granted through the inclusion of Article 19(A) which states: “Every citizen shall have the right to have access to information...

Building Blocks of Social Networks
Building Blocks of Social Networks 13 June 2018 Digital Empowerment Foundation

"You are the leaders of social media. People need to know about you and the work you’re doing,” said Osama Manzar, founder-director of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), addressing the finalists and other guests at the fifth annual Social Media for Empowerment (SM4E) Awards. SM4E 2018 was held on 25 May at Eros Hotel in New Delhi. On this occasion, 23 initiatives were announced...

Media Matters for Democracy: Concern over the abduction of Gul Bukhari and targeting of Asad Kharral
Media Matters for Democracy: Concern over the abduction of Gul Bukhari and targeting of Asad Kharral 06 June 2018

This statement was previously published by our member in Pakistan Media Matters for Democracy. Journalist and columnist Gul Bukhari was abducted by unknown persons on Tuesday 5th June 2018. After a few hours her family, who had earlier filed a missing person report with the police, confirmed through social media that she was back and ‘fine’. On the same night, another journal...

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