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Secret surveillance: countering spyware’s threats to freedom of the press and expression

May 3 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm EDT

Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
Livestream link: https://www.accessnow.org/wpfd-2023

Hosted by:

Access Now
Amnesty International
PEN America
Knight First Amendment Institute
Freedom House

Growing evidence from civil society shows that governments across the world have relentlessly used targeted surveillance technology against journalists. From Hungary and Poland to Thailand, El Salvador to Jordan, journalists and media workers have been the targets of invasive and rapidly-advancing spyware.

The intersectional impacts of spyware illustrate the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, “Freedom of expression as a driver for all other human rights.” Spyware deters independent reporting and investigations into political corruption and human rights violations, and by consequence, hinders justice and accountability. 

Multi-sectoral stakeholders from around the world have joined civil society’s efforts urging the international community to put an end to this abuse. In this event, we ask the ultimate question: How can the U.N. and governments build on civil society’s work and push for international action against the proliferation and abuse of spyware? 

Join Access Now and partner organizations as we tackle these questions and renew our calls to protect freedom of expression and human rights for all.


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