Monthly Archives: June 2020

El Salvador: Organizations express concern about the increase in digital violence against Women Human Rights Defenders

The undersigned organizations denounce the alarming increase in attacks against organizations and women human rights defenders (WHRDs) since the government of the El Salvador’s measures in response to the COVID-19 global health crisis. Of particular concern are attacks in the digital sphere. This has created a violent and hostile environment for WHRDs and hinders their

Argentine intelligence services surveilled journalist Hugo Alconada Mon under Macri administration

This statement was originally published on on 18 June 2020. Argentine authorities should conduct a thorough investigation into the surveillance of journalists under the previous presidential administration, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 15, at the Federal Court of Lomas de Zamora, judge Federico Villena

Two different proposals to amend Section 230 share similar goal: Damage online users’ speech

This statement was originally published on on 18 June 2020. Whether we know it or not, all Internet users rely on multiple online services to connect, engage, and express themselves online. That means we also rely on 47 U.S.C. § 230 (“Section 230”), which provides important legal protections when platforms offer their services to

Civil society groups call on China to scrap National Security Law to save Hong Kong freedoms

This statement was originally published on on 17 June 2020. China’s proposed national security law for Hong Kong is a devastating assault on human rights and should be abandoned, more than 86 civil society organizations groups said today in a letter to Li Zhanshu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress

Timor-Leste plans to restore criminal defamation law amid concerns about its free speech impact

This statement was originally published on on 20 June 2020. It is republished here under Creative Commons license CC-BY 3.0. Media and civil society leaders in Timor-Leste have expressed concern about the possible reintroduction of a criminal defamation law in the country. On June 5, the Minister of Justice said that the draft law,

Afghan media raises alarm over proposed media law amendment

This statement was originally published on on 16 June 2020. Afghan media outlets together with the Afghanistan Federation of journalists in an open letter to President Ashraf Ghani slammed proposed amendments to the media law by the Afghan government as an authoritarian move that will potentially restrict freedom of the press. The new amendments