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...

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 of norms concerning internet rights. Nevertheless, challenges to progressive initiatives came from m...

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...

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...

Restrictions to freedom of expression online: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session
Restrictions to freedom of expression online: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session 25 June 2018 APC, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa, Derechos Digitales and the Women of Uganda Network

Oral statement delivered under Item 3: General Debate UN Human Rights Council 38th Session 25 June 2018 Thank you, Mr. President. This statement is delivered on behalf of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Derechos Digitales, and the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET). As organisations committ...

Reorienting rules for rights: A summary of the report on online content regulation by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Reorienting rules for rights: A summary of the report on online content regulation by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression 18 June 2018 APC

Summary of the report on online content regulation by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (A/HRC/38/35). The internet is the greatest tool in history for global access to information and expression. Internet companies have become central platforms for discussion and debate, information access, commerce and human development. C...

Joint call to G20 leaders: Let us bring people to the centre of the digital future
Joint call to G20 leaders: Let us bring people to the centre of the digital future 28 May 2018 APC and others

G20 countries have both the opportunity and the responsibility to lead efforts to reinstate trust in the digital age. G20 members can inspire hope and embrace the goal that no country, no community, and no individual will be left behind and that their rights will be respected. G20 countries can set a digital agenda that places people at the centre. The Internet is estimated to contribute nearly...

Self-censorship in Pakistani media
Self-censorship in Pakistani media 09 May 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

As many as 88% of Pakistani journalists said they self-censor in their professional work and are most likely to hold back information related to religious and security matters in their reporting and personal conversations, according to new research by APC member Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD). The study, Surrendering to Silence: An Account of self-censorship among Pakistani journa...

 Launch and panel discussion “Unshackling Expression”: A discussion on decriminalising expression online in Asia
Launch and panel discussion “Unshackling Expression”: A discussion on decriminalising expression online in Asia 21 April 2018 APC

Regulations pertaining to online spaces have taken many forms. Information and communication technology (ICT) laws throughout Asia have provisions that seek to censor and criminalise speech online. These regulations pose a significant challenge to people’s freedom of expression and their ability to participate in democratic processes such as elections. Media and journalists along with human r...

#Palestine 2017 Report: Palestinian online content targeted through mass surveillance, digital occupation and biased content moderation
#Palestine 2017 Report: Palestinian online content targeted through mass surveillance, digital occupation and biased content moderation 07 April 2018

7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media published its annual report on Palestinian digital activism under the title #Palestine 2017. This annual report is being published for the third consecutive year and monitors social media activities of all Palestinians throughout 2017. The research provides statistics and information about Palestinians' internet access and usage, ex...

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