Monthly Archives: April 2020

Threats to democracy, detentions for reporting on COVID-19, and calls to uphold human rights standards

During April, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued an important Resolution, reminding states in the region about important human rights obligations and guarantees they should uphold during the pandemic – we offer below a detailed account of the recommendations related to freedom of expression and information. Before that, however, we celebrate the granting of

Censored broadcast: Are YouTube’s policies discriminating against Palestinians?

This statement was originally published on on 27 April 2020. The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media released a new research report about YouTube’s violations of Palestinian digital rights. This research is part of a series that focuses on violations of Palestinian digital rights and digital discrimination against Palestinians by international technology

Digital battleground: The Arab World’s struggle for a free Internet continues

This statement was originally published on on 22 April 2020. Introduction If it weren’t for the Internet, everything would settle down for the Arab governments, given their usual repression and hostility towards freedom of expression and their endemic disregard for the rule of law. But the battle is not over; there is a lot

COVID-19 healthcare apps: How do they work and what are the risks to our rights?

This statement was originally published on on 20 April 2020. Increased trust makes every response to COVID-19 stronger. Lack of trust and confidence can undermine everything. Should we trust governments and industry with their app solutions at this moment of global crisis? KEY FINDINGS There are many apps across the world with many different

COVID-19: A tool in the hands of Europe’s authoritarians

Unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to dominate news and discussion around free expression and access to information in April. The month saw multiple cases of journalists targeted for reporting on the crisis and further examples of authorities exploiting the virus to crack down on critics. “Handwringing and milquetoast statements” Last month’s parliamentary vote in Hungary

HCLU report finds Hungarian authorities obstructing the press during COVID-19

This statement was originally published on on 27 April 2020. In April 2020, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) published a research report examining the relationship between independent media and public authorities during the coronavirus pandemic in Hungary. Representatives of 19 media organisations were interviewed that regularly deal with, report on, analyse or comment

COVID-19: Azerbaijan should end attacks on free expression and release political prisoners

This statement was originally published on on 25 April 2020. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) condemns the Azerbaijani authorities for beginning a large-scale repression campaign against its critics and restricting freedom of expression under the pretext of the aggravation of safety measures against the new coronavirus pandemic. IRFS condemns the illegal

Netizen pushback in China: Sharing information and circumventing COVID-19 censorship

This statement was originally published on in Freedom House’s China Media Bulletin 143. State media and censors continue their efforts to dictate what Chinese people can learn and say about the government’s response to the spread of COVID-19, as well as about daily life during this extraordinary time. Yet over the past two months