Freedom of Expression

Freedom of Expression

We work for freedom of expression for all, from circumventing censorship, to promoting rights-respecting solutions to regulating online speech, to standing up for those who are silenced for speaking truth to power.

#FreeAlaa: You Have Not Yet Been Defeated

On April 2, 2022, and after years of unlawful imprisonment, mistreatment, and torture, Egyptian activist, blogger, and software developer Alaa Abd El-Fattah shaved his head and started a hunger strike on the first day of Ramadan.

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Freedom of Expression

Türkiye: Big tech should protect free speech and resist state censorship

4 Mar 2024

We join ARTICLE 19, HRW, and 19 rights groups in calling on social media platforms to protect users’ free expression rights amidst increasing state censorship ahead of Türkiye’s municipal elections.

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Türkiye: Big tech should protect free speech and resist state censorship
4 Mar 2024
Türkiye: Big tech should protect free speech and resist state censorship
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Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

In Saudi Arabia, no safe harbor for free speech

29 Feb 2024

Saudi authorities have proposed two laws that would further restrict free expression online, even potentially silencing people outside Saudi Arabia.

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In Saudi Arabia, no safe harbor for free speech
29 Feb 2024
In Saudi Arabia, no safe harbor for free speech
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

President Nana Akufo-Addo must reject Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill

29 Feb 2024

Access Now condemns a move from the Ghanaian parliament to pass the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill on 28 February.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo must reject Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
29 Feb 2024
President Nana Akufo-Addo must reject Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Democracy on the brink in Tunisia?

24 Feb 2024
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Democracy on the brink in Tunisia?
BBC ↗
24 Feb 2024
Democracy on the brink in Tunisia?
Cover Image: It's not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Content Governance
Content Governance

It’s not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices

19 Feb 2024

This Access Now report documented cases of how Meta censors Palestinian voices on Facebook and Instagram.

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It’s not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
19 Feb 2024
It’s not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Cover Image: It's not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Content Governance
Content Governance

Meta must act: stop the systematic censorship of Palestinian voices

19 Feb 2024

Meta’s ongoing censorship of Palestine-related content during times of conflict is a systemic issue, not a glitch that needs addressing.

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Meta must act: stop the systematic censorship of Palestinian voices
19 Feb 2024
Meta must act: stop the systematic censorship of Palestinian voices
How to get rid of targeted ads on TikTok (only in the EU)
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Researchers call out TikTok for removing feature that counts views for Gaza war videos

10 Feb 2024
News
Researchers call out TikTok for removing feature that counts views for Gaza war videos
The New Arab ↗
10 Feb 2024
Researchers call out TikTok for removing feature that counts views for Gaza war videos
India fake news
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

المجتمع المدني في تونس: نحن شركاء ولسنا عملاء

9 Feb 2024

تنضم أكساس ناو إلى 46 منظمة مجتمع مدني في إعلان يهدف إلى دعم الحفاظ على المرسوم رقم 88 الخاص بتنظيم الجمعيات.

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المجتمع المدني في تونس: نحن شركاء ولسنا عملاء
9 Feb 2024
المجتمع المدني في تونس: نحن شركاء ولسنا عملاء
#StopSilencingPalestine
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Inside Meta, a debate over when the word ‘Zionist’ is hate speech

9 Feb 2024
News
Inside Meta, a debate over when the word ‘Zionist’ is hate speech
Washington Post ↗
9 Feb 2024
Inside Meta, a debate over when the word ‘Zionist’ is hate speech
KeepItOn 2024 Elections and Internet Shutdowns Watch
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch

5 Feb 2024

Governments around the world continue to shut down the internet during elections. Join our 2024 elections watch to #KeepItOn.

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2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch
5 Feb 2024
2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch
Gaza Paltel
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Gaza aid in-depth: Response leaders warn of extreme obstacles, even with a ceasefire

1 Feb 2024
News
Gaza aid in-depth: Response leaders warn of extreme obstacles, even with a ceasefire
The New Humanitarian ↗
1 Feb 2024
Gaza aid in-depth: Response leaders warn of extreme obstacles, even with a ceasefire
TikTok
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Censorship at the door: India must say no to government fact-checking 

1 Feb 2024

The 2023 fact-checking amendment contradicts the right to free speech and expression under Indian and international law.

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Censorship at the door: India must say no to government fact-checking 
1 Feb 2024
Censorship at the door: India must say no to government fact-checking 
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Surveillance
Surveillance

Between a hack and a hard place: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan

1 Feb 2024

Access Now launched the new investigation report on how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan.

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Between a hack and a hard place: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
1 Feb 2024
Between a hack and a hard place: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
header image: pushing back against IMEI registration in Myanmar
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

The world must bring down Myanmar’s digital iron curtain

31 Jan 2024

Today marks three years since Myanmar’s junta seized power in a violent coup. Access Now is calling on the international community to offer resources to resist digital oppression.

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The world must bring down Myanmar’s digital iron curtain
31 Jan 2024
The world must bring down Myanmar’s digital iron curtain
Myanmar's digital dictatorship
Connectivity
Connectivity

A call for global solidarity and decisive action to end Myanmar’s military rule and ensure victory for the people resisting dictatorship

31 Jan 2024

Access Now and a coalition of human rights organizations call on the international and business community to resist the digital coup in Myanmar.

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A call for global solidarity and decisive action to end Myanmar’s military rule and ensure victory for the people resisting dictatorship
31 Jan 2024
A call for global solidarity and decisive action to end Myanmar’s military rule and ensure victory for the people resisting dictatorship
#StopSilencingPalestine
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Fatafta: Gaza i globalne rasprave o njoj su pod digitalnom opsadom Izraela

27 Jan 2024
News
Fatafta: Gaza i globalne rasprave o njoj su pod digitalnom opsadom Izraela
Al Jazeera ↗
27 Jan 2024
Fatafta: Gaza i globalne rasprave o njoj su pod digitalnom opsadom Izraela