Freedom of expression

Latin American civil society experts discuss media concentration and digital convergence in Montevideo

MONTEVIDEO 4 February 2016 (APC / OBSERVACOM for APCNews)

Thirty civil society experts from eight Latin American countries are gathering in Montevideo, Uruguay, to discuss media concentration and identify the policy and regulatory strategies needed to strengthen media plurality in this new environment.

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Pakistan: Call for clarity on terms of lifting of YouTube ban

ISLAMABAD 25 January 2016 (APCNews)

Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC demand clarity from the government of Pakistan and Google regarding the terms agreed on.

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Call for clarity on terms of lifting of YouTube ban in Pakistan

By Bytes for All Pakistan and APC (January 2016, APC )

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Latin American organisations demand guarantees for the right to freedom of expression

(December 2015, APC )

Organisations defending and promoting the right to freedom of expression in Latin America, deeply concerned at the extent of media concentration in the Latin American region, issue the following declaration.

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

(December 2015, APC )

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.

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Understanding freedom of expression online and offline

Joao Pessoa, Brazil

Ritu Srivastava, from Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) India, participated in the workshop Freedom of Expression Online: Gaps in Policy and Practice at the Internet Governance Forum in Brazil. She writes:

We are no longer living in an offline society.

IGF 2015: The right to protest online

João Pessoa, Brazil

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Internet Governance Forum: The right to protest online

In the digital age, protests are no longer limited to assemblies and gatherings in physical spaces but are increasingly taking place, in whole or in part, online.

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

17 November 2015 (APCNews)

We, international human rights, peace and freedom of expression organizations, are gravely concerned about the harassment and prosecution of seven human rights defenders and journalists in Morocco.

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Latin America in a Glimpse, at IGF 2015

JOAO PESSOA 9 November 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

Among the most controversial issues that Latin America has faced in 2015 are the arrival of Free Basics (formerly Internet.org) and surveillance on the internet, including the Hacking Team revelations. To present these issues in their context, Derechos Digitales and APC launched a summary of the digital rights arena in the region in 2015 at an Internet Governance Forum pre-event.

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