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Brutal repression of protests in Sudan, both offline and online
Brutal repression of protests in Sudan, both offline and online 12 June 2019 Liemia El-Abubkr

Update - 12 June 2019: APC is gravely concerned that the Sudanese authorities continue to implement internet restrictions to prevent citizens in the capital from communicating, as protesters try to reorganise after a brutal crackdown by government soldiers that left dozens of peaceful demonstrators dead. Following Sudan’s network operators Sudatel, Zain and MTN switching off mobile internet access for customers, fixed line internet services for most offices and houses were also cut, plungin...

What is the role of media in elections and democracy? Join us in celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2019
What is the role of media in elections and democracy? Join us in celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2019 30 April 2019 APCNews

To commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2019, the main celebration is taking place in Addis Ababa from 1 to 3 May 2019. The event, whose primary focus this year is the relationship between the press and democracy, provides a platform for different actors to participate in an exchange on current issues, threats and achievements concerning freedom of the press.  More than 100 national events around the world are expected to complement the main celebration. One of th...

IFF Valencia: Can we rescue the internet?
IFF Valencia: Can we rescue the internet? 23 April 2019 Edward Maw, GreenNet

My Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) started a little late as I was unable to get away from Brexit-gripped UK until Wednesday, but it was really refreshing to be in lovely Valencia in the spring, away from all that and spend the end of the week in such a stimulating environment. This was my first IFF, and I am lucky enough to have a colleague resident in Valencia who could put me up, as well as a...

Watching Cameroon through the lenses of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms: Policy brief
Watching Cameroon through the lenses of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms: Policy brief 23 April 2019 PROTEGE QV

Access to the internet is growing in African countries, representing an efficient development tool, but also posing serious threats to human rights. In a bid to mitigate the risks, the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms with its 13 key principles was adopted by the African Commission on Human and People’s rights in Banjul (Gambia), on 4 November 2016. In C...

APC at the Internet Freedom Festival 2019
APC at the Internet Freedom Festival 2019 01 April 2019 APCNews

The Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) held in Valencia, Spain on a yearly basis has become one of the main events for civil society on internet rights with a special focus on surveillance, censorship and circumvention worldwide. The 2019 Internet Freedom Festival marks an important milestone, as it will be celebrating its fifth anniversary, with occasions for celebration and reflection.  The...

Hashtag Palestine 2018: An Overview of Digital Rights Abuses of Palestinians
Hashtag Palestine 2018: An Overview of Digital Rights Abuses of Palestinians 29 March 2019 Anan AbuShanab

A new report on Palestinian digital rights was launched by APC member 7amleh-The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement, which received an APC project grant in 2018. The report details violations by governments, authorities, international technology companies and Palestinian society. In 2018, the Israeli government continued to systematically target Palestinians ...

State of media and digital freedoms report in Pakistan 2018
State of media and digital freedoms report in Pakistan 2018 18 March 2019 Salwa Rana, Talal Raza and Waqas Naeem

Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) launched its annual publication assessing the challenges to media and digital freedoms during the year 2018. The report touches upon various issues including violent and regulatory actions against the media, online censorship, the right to information regime, disinformation, internet disconnections, data protection, and legislative developments related to...

Philippines: Foundation for Media Alternatives denounces arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa
Philippines: Foundation for Media Alternatives denounces arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa 14 February 2019 Foundation for Media Alternatives

After the arrest of Award-winning Philippine journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) published the following statement (also published on their website). As of 14 February, Ressa has been freed on bail, a day after her arrest on charges of "cyber-libel" drew international condemnation. FMA denounces the arrest of Rapple...

FIFAfrica18: How can we play a part in promoting internet freedom?
FIFAfrica18: How can we play a part in promoting internet freedom? 22 October 2018 Bob Aston - ALIN

The state of personal data protection is a mirror of the state of internet freedom in a country. There has been an increase in digital rights violations in Africa, such as arrests and intimidation of social media users, a proliferation of laws and regulations that undermine internet access and affordability, network disruptions and the increasing criminalisation of online conduct. This was not ...

Foundation for Media Alternatives: Freedom of Information and Data Protection in the Philippines
Foundation for Media Alternatives: Freedom of Information and Data Protection in the Philippines 22 August 2018 Foundation for Media Alternatives

Freedom of information – also referred to as the right to information – is the fundamental right of an individual to access information under the control or custody of the government. The United Nations General Assembly considers it as an integral part of the right of freedom of expression, which is enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). By its very nat...

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