freedom of expression

Communications surveillance victims in South Korea fight back
Communications surveillance victims in South Korea fight back 20 March 2015 Jinbonet

Surveillance is one of the greatest challenges for civil society organisations trying to advance human rights on the internet, especially because of the lack of transparency and the difficulty in raising awareness among users. In South Korea, victims of communications surveillance have adopted an innovative approach to drawing attention to this issue, by launching a counterattack against state surveillance. Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet, an APC member, has joined with human rights orga...

Anonymity and encryption are key to freedom of expression
Anonymity and encryption are key to freedom of expression 26 February 2015 APC

Submission by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression In June 2015, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye will present a new report on anonymity and encryption before the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. APC welcomes these efforts, which present a significant opportunity to strengthen fundamental freedoms ...

APC stands in solidarity with Sudanese journalists, calls on government to drop charges against Madeeha Abdalla
APC stands in solidarity with Sudanese journalists, calls on government to drop charges against Madeeha Abdalla 29 January 2015 APCNews

On 13 January, Madeeha Abdalla, the editor-in-chief of Al-Midan, was charged by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) with crimes against the state. These charges appear to be the result of Al-Midan’s rejection of pre-publication censorship and its coverage of banned political movements in Sudan. Al-Midan recently published an interview with a military commander of the Su...

APC at the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit
APC at the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 15 January 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

The open internet, freedom of expression and online civic movements are the foci of the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit that will take place in Cebu, Philippines, on 24-25 January 2015. APC is participating in the summit with two panels: Sex Positive: Beyond Bodies and Harassment This panel will explore how the internet has been used to discuss taboo topics, reflect on sexuality and gender, ...

Bytes for All, Pakistan: Proposed media regulations are draconian
Bytes for All, Pakistan: Proposed media regulations are draconian 07 January 2015 Bytes for All, Pakistan

State propaganda and censorship not an answer to governance failures Islamabad, December 30, 2014: Bytes For All is alarmed by the recommendations made by Pakistani parliamentary body that seeks to impose McCarthyism-style regulations on the media and Internet, in reaction to the December 16 Peshawar school attack. On December 24, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and ...

APC joins in the calls for the charges against Khadija Ismayilova to be dropped
APC joins in the calls for the charges against Khadija Ismayilova to be dropped 17 December 2014 Leila Nachawati

Khadija Ismayilova, a leading figure in investigative journalism, is the latest in a long list of Azerbaijani activists to become political prisoners. She has been imprisoned since 5 December, after being denounced as a “traitor” by Ramiz Mehdiyeb, head of the country’s presidential administration. Human rights and press freedom organisations such as Reporters Without Borders have dub...

#UPR20: Egypt, Iraq should revise laws violating human rights
#UPR20: Egypt, Iraq should revise laws violating human rights 18 November 2014 Shawna Finnegan

“Repeal or amend without delay the Assembly Law of November 2013,” Turkey recommended to Egypt at its Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 5 November 2014. Turkey was joined by more than 10 member states recommending that Egypt revise Act No. 107/2013 on the Right to Public Meetings and Peaceful Assemblies, which is responsible for the ongoing detention of ...

Expert Consultation on Freedom of Expression, Internet Access and Human Rights in Africa: Context, Issues and Challenges
Expert Consultation on Freedom of Expression, Internet Access and Human Rights in Africa: Context, Issues and Challenges 01 August 2014

In 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, presented recommendations for governments in the area of access to internet and freedom of expression. This meeting, convened by the Special Rapporteur in collaboration with APC, will be an opportunity to look at the current situation of access in the Africa reg...

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