freedom of expression

Call for clarity on terms of lifting of YouTube ban in Pakistan
Call for clarity on terms of lifting of YouTube ban in Pakistan 25 January 2016 Bytes for All Pakistan and APC

A recent statement issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) claimed that Google has “promised” to remove any material deemed offensive by the PTA from YouTube. Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) and APC are concerned that this will pave the way for the government to further restrict the right to political expression and discussion on critical human rights issues in Pakistan. Last week, Google announced that it has launched a country-specific homepage for YouTube in Pakistan. Th...

Open letter to the Nigerian Senate on the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill (aka “Social Media” Bill)
Open letter to the Nigerian Senate on the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill (aka “Social Media” Bill) 17 December 2015

Distinguished Senators, We are a coalition of Nigerian, African, and international organisations writing to you about the proposed Frivolous Petitions (Prohibitions, etc) Bill that has provisions for social media regulation. We believe that the bill is a dangerous encroachment upon free expression and we urge you to reject it from further consideration. The use of social media is a mainstay of ...

Joint statement calling on the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in its current form
Joint statement calling on the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in its current form 30 November 2015

Joint statement calling on the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in its current form Article 19, Digital Rights Foundation, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, the Association for Progressive Communications and other organisations remain seriously concerned by the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in Pakistan. Regrettably, ...

We urge the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill
We urge the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 30 November 2015

At APC, we remain concerned about the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in Pakistan, which poses grave risks to freedom of expression, the right to privacy, and access to information in the country. This is why we have joined local organisations Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) and Media Matters for Democracy, both members of the APC network, along with Privacy International, Digital R...

International call on Moroccan authorities to drop charges against human rights defenders
International call on Moroccan authorities to drop charges against human rights defenders 17 November 2015

International call on Moroccan authorities to drop charges against human rights defenders Maâti Monjib, Hicham Mansouri, Samad Iach, Mohamed Elsabr and Hisham Almiraat (real name Hisham Khribchi) are facing charges of “threatening the internal security of the State”, an offense that can lead to up to five years in prison. Rachid Tarek and Maria Moukrim are facing charges of “receiving fo...

Expression Restricted: An Account of Online Expression in Pakistan
Expression Restricted: An Account of Online Expression in Pakistan 28 October 2015 Asad Baig and Sadaf Khan for Bytes for All, Pakistan

Freedom of expression is a universally accepted human right. As a signatory of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Pakistan has committed to uphold this right in the national constitution and through local laws. This report looks at how this right is framed in the legal structure in Pakistan and how it is practised, particularly in the digital spaces, by customisin...

Status of Freedom of Expression Online: Malaysia
Status of Freedom of Expression Online: Malaysia 28 October 2015 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER Malaysia)

This report assesses the state of specific internet-related rights in Malaysia, including freedom of expression, by applying the APC-La Rue Framework. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER Malaysia) has used a customised version of the APC-La Rue Framework to assess Malaysia’s record on arbitrary blocking or filtering of content, criminalising of legitimate expression, imposition of...

India: Limited Access Restricting Expression
India: Limited Access Restricting Expression 28 October 2015 Ritu Srivastava and Niki Shah for Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)

India is a country of paradox. In the era of information revolution, while India stands ranked among the top five contributors of the people who are online, it is also one of the top countries where more than 80% of the people have no access to internet, while more than 70% of women in rural India do not have access to a mobile phone. Through this research, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)...

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