Category : Digital Freedom Statements

UK government proposals to tackle online harms pose real risk to online freedom of expression

alt informationIndex on Censorship has joined with Open Rights Group and Digital Rights Partners to warn the UK government that its proposals for tackling online content pose a real risk to freedom of expression.

Wider definition of harm can be manipulated to restrict media freedom

alt informationIndex on Censorship welcomes a report by the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee into disinformation and fake news that calls for greater transparency on social media companies’ decision making processes, on who posts political advertising and on use of personal data.

Europe’s proposed regulation on online extremism endangers freedom of expression

alt informationIndex on Censorship shares the widespread concerns about the proposed EU regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online. The regulation would endanger freedom of expression and would create huge practical challenges for companies and member states.

The European Commission must amend the regulation on terrorist content online to protest fundamental rights

alt informationOn 12 September, the European Commission published a proposal for a Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online. The proposal is very problematic from a fundamental rights and free expression perspective. Index on Censorship joins others in highlighting these concerns.   Dear Ministers, The undersigned organisations are dedicated to protecting fundamental human rights, including […]

Adopt a ‘human rights by design’ approach towards regulating online content, say civil society groups

alt informationGlobal Partners Digital, Index on Censorship and Open Rights Group are concerned about recent government proposals and announcements related to the regulation of online content, which could have significant adverse impacts on human rights, and particularly freedom of expression.

NGOs call for full repeal of Egypt’s “cybercrime” law and block of dangerous law regulating media

alt informationIndex on Censorship joins a coalition of some of the world’s leading human rights and digital rights organisations to call for full repeal of Egypt’s “cybercrime” law

Alex Jones, Infowars and the internet

alt informationIndex believes that all speech - eccentric, contentious, heretical, unwelcome, provocative and even bigoted - should be protected unless it directly incites violence. 

The actions of the Russian Federation are jeopardising online freedoms everywhere

alt informationIndex on Censorship joins 52 other international organisations to warn that the Russian Federation is pursuing policies that are significantly and rapidly encroaching online freedoms.

Russia: Telegram block leads to widespread assault on freedom of expression online

alt information53 international and Russian human rights, media and Internet freedom organisations, strongly condemn the attempts by the Russian Federation to block the Internet messaging service Telegram.

Net neutrality decision has huge implications for free expression online

alt information Internet users should be able to access the legal content they want - not have their choices dictated by the whim of major corporations

Honouring Bassel Khartabil, Syrian digital activist

alt informationIndex on Censorship mourns the death of 2013 Freedom of Expression Digital Activism Award-winning Bassel Khartabil, who had been held Syrian prisons since 2012.