freedom of expression

Private sector has responsibility to protect the right to free expression
Private sector has responsibility to protect the right to free expression 28 April 2016 APC

As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in our daily lives, the policies of a broad array of private actors have an impact on freedom of expression in the digital age. APC welcomes the focus of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression on the responsibilities of the ICT sector, and the opportunity to contribute to his study. While there has been significant focus on the impact of large, transnational companies, we wish to highlight other private actors w...

Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016, yet another story of deception from democracy
Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016, yet another story of deception from democracy 15 April 2016 Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy and APC

Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy and the Association for Progressive Communications express their grave concerns over the recent development regarding the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in the national assembly and reject the bill in its current shape.

Sudan blocks civil society participation in UN-led human rights review
Sudan blocks civil society participation in UN-led human rights review 04 April 2016 Various

The efforts of the Sudanese government to obstruct the engagement of civil society activists in a UN-led human rights review of the country is unacceptable and shows blatant contempt not just for human rights defenders in Sudan, but to human rights standards and the UN Human Rights Council.  

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Colombia country report
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Colombia country report 27 March 2016 Juan Diego Castañeda and Amalia Toledo, Fundación Karisma

This report provides a rapid overview of current regulations and the most relevant cases – in the courts and the media – affecting positively or negatively the exercise of human rights online by Colombian citizens.

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Costa Rica country report
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Costa Rica country report 27 March 2016 Cooperativa Sulá Batsú

Costa Rica has laws that recognise and protect the following rights: privacy, freedom of expression, honour, freedom of conscience, religion, association and assembly, and non-discrimination. This report analyses the protection of these rights on the internet.

EXLILA: What is the state of internet freedoms in Latin America?
EXLILA: What is the state of internet freedoms in Latin America? 27 March 2016 APC

What is the state of internet freedoms in Latin America? That is the main question that our partners in Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Paraguay set out to answer, as part of the Examining Internet Freedoms in Latin America (EXLILA) project.    

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Paraguay country report
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Paraguay country report 27 March 2016 Maricarmen Sequera Buzarquis, TEDIC

This report analyses surveillance and violations of basic rights that continue in this democratic period in Paraguay, including surveillance and rights violations involving the internet.

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Mexico country report
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Mexico country report 27 March 2016 Luis Fernando García and Vladimir Chorny, R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales

Some legislative initiatives in Mexico, such as a bill to create a law on cyber crime, lack technical and legal rigour, and could criminalise legitimate uses of technology, which would affect the exercise of internet rights as well as the overall functioning of the internet.

At the Internet Freedom Festival: "Political expression, minorities, human rights defenders are under threat in Pakistan"
At the Internet Freedom Festival: "Political expression, minorities, human rights defenders are under threat in Pakistan" 09 March 2016 APC

“Political expression, minorities, human rights defenders, journalists are under threat in Pakistan.” This was the message stressed at the beginning of a session organised by Bytes for All, Pakistan, on the state of surveillance and censorship in the country, at the Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain.

Internet Freedom Festival, a civil society response to censorship and surveillance
Internet Freedom Festival, a civil society response to censorship and surveillance 03 March 2016 APC

“Joining Forces to Fight Censorship and Surveillance” is the motto of the Internet Freedom Festival taking place in Valencia on 1-6 March.    

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