Category : Digital Freedom Statements

European Commission must mitigate concerns on automated upload filters

alt informationWe consider that, in order to mitigate these concerns, it is of utmost importance that the European Commission and Member States engage in a constructive transposition and implementation to ensure that the fears around automated upload filters are not realized.

Online harms and media freedom: UK response to Council of Europe lacks concrete details

alt information"The UK's response to our Council of Europe alert lacks concrete details about how government proposals dealing with online harms will not damage media freedom and the public's right to information," said Joy Hyvarinen, head of advocacy, Index on Censorship.

Online harms proposals pose serious risks to freedom of expression

alt informationWhile we recognise the government’s desire to tackle unlawful content online, the proposals mooted in the white paper – including a new duty of care on social media platforms, a regulatory body, and even the fining and banning of social media platforms as a sanction – pose serious risks to freedom of expression online.

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.