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Good news, bad news: A story of internet shutdowns in Togo and Ethiopia
Good news, bad news: A story of internet shutdowns in Togo and Ethiopia 20 July 2020 Juliet Nanfuka for CIPESA

Last month the Economic Community of West African States Community Court of Justice ruled that the 2017 internet shutdown in Togo was illegal. But barely a week later, Ethiopia initiated a nationwide shutdown, serving as a reminder of the persistent threat of internet shutdowns on the continent.

Brazilian disinformation bill threatens freedom of expression and privacy online
Brazilian disinformation bill threatens freedom of expression and privacy online 24 June 2020 Various

APC and other regional and global civil society organisations call on Brazilian legislators to reject the latest version of the bill and open a participatory discussion on how to respond to the challenges of disinformation while respecting Brazil’s international human rights commitments.

EngageMedia: The conviction of Maria Ressa: Weaponising cyber libel to suppress freedom of speech
EngageMedia: The conviction of Maria Ressa: Weaponising cyber libel to suppress freedom of speech 16 June 2020 Vino Lucero for EngageMedia

On 15 June, online news organisation Rappler’s CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. were convicted of cyber libel charges, in just one of 11 court cases filed against Rappler, branded one of the staunchest critics of President Duterte.

Free online course on media freedom in Africa
Free online course on media freedom in Africa 29 May 2020 APCNews

The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg is launching the third iteration of their online course Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Africa. The updated version includes a session on African media in the time of COVID-19 as well as the impact of the pandemic on journalists.

MMfD: New draft of data protection law will create a dangerous precedent
MMfD: New draft of data protection law will create a dangerous precedent 27 April 2020 Media Matters for Democracy

Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) is concerned about the insertion of draconian and anti-democratic sections in the draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2020 that has been made public by the Pakistani Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications. 

In defense of freedom of expression and the right to communicate: Intervozes' public note on the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil
In defense of freedom of expression and the right to communicate: Intervozes' public note on the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil 31 October 2018 Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social

As an organisation that has been active for 15 years in defending freedom of expression and political expression and in advocating for the right to communicate, in a commitment to consolidate democracy and promote human dignity, Intervozes from Brazil, considers that the election of Jair Bolsonaro imposes several complex challenges for our field. 

Inside the Information Society: What is the impact of the internet on politics?
Inside the Information Society: What is the impact of the internet on politics? 06 November 2017 David Souter

This week’s blog looks at the impact of the Internet on politics.

APC condemns the affront to democracy in Brazil
APC condemns the affront to democracy in Brazil 05 September 2016 APC

APC firmly condemns the decision of the Brazilian Senate to dismiss President Dilma Rousseff. This decision deeply undermines the democratic system in Brazil, as well as the political stability and the development of progressive and inclusive policies for the country.

APC condemns undermining of democracy in Brazil
APC condemns undermining of democracy in Brazil 29 March 2016 APC

APC expresses its concern at the rapidly unfolding political events in Brazil which constitute an attack on democracy and due process. We express solidarity with the people of Brazil in general and in particular the many Brazilian civil society organisations we work with.

ICTs for democracy: Information and Communication Technologies for the Enhancement of Democracy - with a Focus on Empowerment
ICTs for democracy: Information and Communication Technologies for the Enhancement of Democracy - with a Focus on Empowerment 08 October 2009 APC

This study by APC and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) explores the potential that information and communication technologies (ICTs) have for advancing democracy and empowerment, with a special focus on Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

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