Monthly Archives: August 2020

One database to rule them all: The invisible content cartel that undermines freedom of expression online

This statement was originally published on on 27 August 2020. Every year, millions of images, videos and posts that allegedly contain terrorist or violent extremist content are removed from social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter. A key force behind these takedowns is the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), an industry-led

Nearly 400 journalists and civil society members call for release of imprisoned Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan

This statement was originally published on on 27 August 2020. August 27, 2020Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister’s Office South Block, Raisina Hill New Delhi-110011, IndiaCc: Home Minister Amit Shah Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Gov Manoj SinhaSent via emailDear Prime Minister Narendra Modi,The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined together with 397 writers, journalists,

Jordan exploits state of emergency to crack down on protests and free expression

This statement was originally published on on 27 August 2020. Jordanian authorities have exploited the country’s Covid-19 pandemic to forcibly disperse public protests against the arbitrary closure of the country’s Teachers Syndicate and mass arrests of its leadership, Human Rights Watch said today. On July 25, 2020, the police raided the Teachers Syndicate headquarters in Amman

Belarus: Approximately 50 journalists detained in one day

This statement was originally published on on 28 August 2020. On August 27, 2020, the police detained journalists covering events on Freedom and Independence Square in Minsk. They were taken to Kastrychnitski police department for a check of their IDs. Altogether, about 50 journalists were detained. The police released most of them after checking

IFEX condemns politically-motivated 15-year prison sentence for its member Bahey eldin Hassan, a renowned Egyptian human rights defender

IFEX, the global network of over 100 organisations dedicated to promoting and defending the right to freedom of expression and information, has condemned as outrageous and politically-motivated the 15-year prison sentence handed down by an Egyptian court to its member Bahey eldin Hassan. Bahey is the director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Press groups call for investigation into threats made against Italian journalist Nello Scavo

UPDATE: On 19th August, Neville Gafà confirmed he was being investigated: “I am being investigated by Malta’s police after a complaint was filed against me by a foreign journalist. A magisterial inquiry has been requested by the foreign ministry – the Maltese ministry, not a foreign one. No such complaints will stop me from fighting

PEN Canada intervenes in Ontario Superior Court of Justice case regarding Section 91 of Elections Act

This statement was originally published on on 25 August 2020. PEN Canada has been granted permission by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to intervene in the Canadian Constitution Foundation’s (CCF) challenge to the constitutionality of section 91 of the Canada Elections Act. The CCF’s lawsuit alleges that the Act’s prohibitions and penalties for

Free speech 2020: An interview with Nupol Kiazolu, President of Black Lives Matter Greater NY

This statement was originally published on on 6 August 2020. Earlier this year, PEN America spoke with Nupol Kiazolu, the president of Black Lives Matter Greater NY, before the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic to the United States and the worldwide wave of protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in the