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The erosion of digital rights in the fight against COVID-19 in Kenya
The erosion of digital rights in the fight against COVID-19 in Kenya 29 September 2020 Victor Kapiyo for CIPESA

Kenya confirmed its first Covid-19 case on March 12, 2020, and as of August 26, 2020, the country had recorded at least 559 deaths, 32,803 confirmed cases, and 19,055 recoveries, with 429,513 persons tested. Even before the first case was confirmed in Kenya in February 2020, the government had moved to establish the National Emergency Response Committee on Covid-19 to coordinate its preparedness, prevention and response to Covid-19.

EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: What intermediary liability means for digital rights
EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: What intermediary liability means for digital rights 24 September 2020 EngageMedia

On this episode of Pretty Good Podcast, Shita Laksmi, Executive Director of Tifa Foundation, chats with EngageMedia about internet intermediary liability, particularly in regards to disinformation on the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of the state in regulating content.

Assessing the Hong Kong National Security Law: What does it mean for civil society?
Assessing the Hong Kong National Security Law: What does it mean for civil society? 16 September 2020 Shih-Shiuan Kao and Min Hsuan Wu for EngageMedia

Since the passing of the Hong Kong National Security Law it has been criticised for its weaponisation against critics of the state and curtailment of freedom of speech.

What comes next after the Terror Law? FMA convenes civil society reps to talk about the future of free speech
What comes next after the Terror Law? FMA convenes civil society reps to talk about the future of free speech 31 August 2020 Foundation for Media Alternatives

The Foundation for Media Alternatives organised a webinar on digital rights in the Philippines, discussing the exacerbation of the digital divide during the lockdown, freedom of expression and the effects of the controversial Anti-Terror Law.

Lebanon: APC calls for internet access restrictions to be lifted and for human rights online and offline be protected
Lebanon: APC calls for internet access restrictions to be lifted and for human rights online and offline be protected 14 August 2020 APC

Temporary internet disruptions and shutdowns pose serious challenges to the exercise of a wide range of rights and cannot be justified under any pretext. We therefore call on the Lebanese authorities to lift all restrictions on internet access and restore telecommunications to full capacity.

Open letter: Brazilian Federal Supreme Court Justices are called upon to correct serious injustice and to protect press freedom and the rights to information and protest in the emblematic case of Alex da Silveira
Open letter: Brazilian Federal Supreme Court Justices are called upon to correct serious injustice and to protect press freedom and the rights to information and protest in the emblematic case of Alex da Silveira 12 August 2020 Various

The case of photographer Alexandro Wagner Oliveira da Silveira, hit by a rubber bullet in his left eye during a protest in May 2000, is on the agenda at the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, to be tried on 14 August. It is seen as an emblematic episode of violence against journalists in Brazil.

#HoldTheLine Coalition calls for criminal tax charge to be dropped as Maria Ressa returns to court
#HoldTheLine Coalition calls for criminal tax charge to be dropped as Maria Ressa returns to court 21 July 2020 Various

The #HoldTheLine Coalition demands the Philippines authorities drop a barrage of bogus tax and foreign ownership cases against internationally celebrated journalist Maria Ressa and Rappler – the news organisation she founded.

Brazilian disinformation bill threatens freedom of expression and privacy online
Brazilian disinformation bill threatens freedom of expression and privacy online 24 June 2020 Various

APC and other regional and global civil society organisations call on Brazilian legislators to reject the latest version of the bill and open a participatory discussion on how to respond to the challenges of disinformation while respecting Brazil’s international human rights commitments.

Thai student protesters in the time of COVID-19: New generation, new forms of resistance online
Thai student protesters in the time of COVID-19: New generation, new forms of resistance online 22 June 2020 Chonthicha Jangrew for Coconet

In early 2020, Thailand saw a wave of student protests challenging the tenure and government of the Thai prime minister, but the pandemic forced a suspension of protests. How has social media been used in response?

African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition: Position paper in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition: Position paper in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 08 June 2020 African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition

This position paper is informed by monitoring conducted by the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms (AfDec) Coalition of developments relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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