freedom of expression

New wave of Israeli legislation posing severe threats to internet freedoms: Written statement to HRC 40
New wave of Israeli legislation posing severe threats to internet freedoms: Written statement to HRC 40 25 February 2019 APC and 7amleh

APC and 7amleh-The Arab Centre for Social Media Advancement submitted this statement ahead of the Human Rights Council 40th session to express their concern about the upsurge in the number of laws being put forth by Israeli legislators that violate the right to privacy and freedom of expression.

Joint statement of solidarity with Maria Ressa and Rappler; call for all charges to be dropped
Joint statement of solidarity with Maria Ressa and Rappler; call for all charges to be dropped 15 February 2019 Various

SEAPA and other organisations, including APC, express concern over the unwarranted arrest of Rappler’s chief executive officer Maria Ressa on 13 February 2019 based on libel charges arising from a story published almost seven years ago by the online news site.

Joint letter opposes proposed EU regulation on "preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online"
Joint letter opposes proposed EU regulation on "preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online" 28 January 2019 Various

The undersigned organisations and individuals are dedicated to ensuring justice for human rights abuses around the world and to upholding human rights, including the right to freedom of expression. We write to urge you to oppose the proposed “regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online”.

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 the United States in opposition to two bills meant to curb online sex trafficking.

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

As an organisation that has been active for 15 years in defending freedom of expression and political expression and in advocating for the right to communicate, in a commitment to consolidate democracy and promote human dignity, Intervozes from Brazil, considers that the election of Jair Bolsonaro imposes several complex challenges for our field. 

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

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

APCNews spoke with Damián Loreti, a new APC individual member and one of the leading experts on freedom of expression in Latin America, on the progress and setbacks in this area in Argentina and the rest of the region.

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.

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

The Cybercrime Law and the Media Regulation Law in Egypt represent an attempt to impose full control over the flow of information online, in what seems to be an effort to close the space for public debate and prevent the exercise of the fundamental right to freedom of expression.  

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

The Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law are only the latest steps in the Egyptian government’s attempts to impose full control over the flow of information online. These actions must be opposed in order to defend Egyptians’ human rights.

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