freedom of expression

Save Your Internet: Delete Article 13
Save Your Internet: Delete Article 13 04 September 2018

Update (4 September 2018): In the run-up to the 12 September vote in the European Parliament Plenary, we encourage you to join the Copyright Action Week from 4 to 11 September. The goal is to amplify the voices of communities impacted by Article 13. More info on the Save Your Internet website. Republished from the Save Your Internet website.  On 20-21 June, the lead committee in the European Parliament (EP), the Legal Affairs Committee, will vote on its Report on Copyright in t...

The battle for sex worker's rights online: Proposed SESTA-FOSTA law in USA
The battle for sex worker's rights online: Proposed SESTA-FOSTA law in USA 01 November 2018 Azia Keever for GenderIT.org

An unexpected duo, tech bros and sex workers, banded together in February in opposition to two bills meant to curb online sex trafficking. Despite their efforts, the bills, Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), were incorporated into a conglomeration of the two, called the FOSTA-SESTA package. With a bipartisan approval of 388-25 in the House of Representatives and 97-2 in the Senate, the bill is now on its way to P...

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

In light of the result of the second round of elections, Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social is publicly expressing deep concern about the choice made by the majority of Brazilians who went to the polls this Sunday, October 28, and who elected Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) for the Presidency of the Republic.  It is public knowledge that the president-elect has made repeated state...

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders
Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders 30 October 2018 Various

Recognising the fundamental right to express our views, free from repression, we the undersigned civil society organisations call on the international community, including the United Nations, multilateral and regional institutions as well as democratic governments committed to the freedom of expression, to take immediate steps to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for grave human rights violations. ...

New APC member Damián Loreti: “Media laws are part of the political and legal battlefield”
New APC member Damián Loreti: “Media laws are part of the political and legal battlefield” 21 September 2018 APCNews

Vice-president of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) for Latin America and the Caribbean and professor of media law, new APC individual member Damián Loreti is one of the leading experts on freedom of expression in the region. Fourteen years after the drafting of the document “21 Key Points for the Right to Communication”, a citizen initiative calling for a new d...

Free spectrum and freedom of expression in the 21st century
Free spectrum and freedom of expression in the 21st century 21 September 2018 Adriano Belisário

Based on a review of the basic concepts regarding electromagnetic spectrum and its management, this article explores a few differences between the notions of “free spectrum” and “open spectrum” in order to understand some challenges related to freedom of expression in the 21st century. [1] The spectrum, invisible Today, it is difficult to imagine something more ubiquitous than the elect...

HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt
HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt 18 September 2018 Access Now, APC

Delivered by: Wafa Ben-Hassine on 18 September 2018 Thank you Mr. President. I represent Access Now and the Association for Progressive Communications, as well as over 40 other global human rights organisations that are ringing the alarm bell on the latest oppressive measures imposed on Egyptians online. I wish to bring to the Council’s attention the Cybercrime Law and the Media Regulation La...

Statement opposing Egypt’s legalisation of website blocking and communications surveillance
Statement opposing Egypt’s legalisation of website blocking and communications surveillance 06 September 2018 Various

NGOs call for full repeal of Egypt’s “cybercrime” law and block of dangerous law regulating media. We, the undersigned, call for the immediate repeal of the Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes Law (“The Cybercrime Law”), as well as the review and reform of articles on internet surveillance and blocking of websites in the law on the regulation of the press and media (“T...

HRC38: Valuable outcomes and advances around internet rights, despite challenges
HRC38: Valuable outcomes and advances around internet rights, despite challenges 25 July 2018 Deborah Brown, with collaboration from Sidra Rizvi

The 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) wrapped up earlier this month, with the adoption of 20 resolutions including quite a few touching on key internet-related human rights issues. This session of the UN HRC reflects growth in the Council’s understanding of the scope of internet-related human rights and the outcomes were valuable overall and will contribute to the advancement ...

Content regulation: State responses to report on freedom of opinion and expression
Content regulation: State responses to report on freedom of opinion and expression 11 July 2018 Sidra Rizvi

The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, presented his report on content regulation in the digital age to the Human Rights Council on 19 June. Building on the Special Rapporteur’s previous report on the role of digital access providers in ensuring the provision of human rights, this year’s report focused specifical...

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