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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Независимые медиа и правозащитные организации призвали YouTube перестать помогать цензуре в российском интернете

29 May 2024
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Независимые медиа и правозащитные организации призвали YouTube перестать помогать цензуре в российском интернете
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Независимые медиа и правозащитные организации призвали YouTube перестать помогать цензуре в российском интернете
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Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Access Now Grants: how we supported activists in 2023

28 May 2024

In 2023, Access Now Grants supported activists facing digital threats around the world, from Palestine to Myanmar to Ukraine and beyond.

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Access Now Grants: how we supported activists in 2023
28 May 2024
Access Now Grants: how we supported activists in 2023
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
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Content Governance

Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech

28 May 2024

Through an open letter, Access Now and over 20 Russian and international civil society organizations are urging YouTube and its parent company Google to not help the Kremlin censor Russian independent media and human rights organizations. 

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Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech
28 May 2024
Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech
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Content Governance

A perspective on Meta’s moderation of Palestinian voices

27 May 2024
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A perspective on Meta’s moderation of Palestinian voices
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27 May 2024
A perspective on Meta’s moderation of Palestinian voices
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Internet Shutdowns

Internet blackouts are increasing — here’s why

24 May 2024
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Internet blackouts are increasing — here’s why
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24 May 2024
Internet blackouts are increasing — here’s why
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Russian rights group says YouTube threatens to block its anti-war channel

23 May 2024
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Russian rights group says YouTube threatens to block its anti-war channel
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23 May 2024
Russian rights group says YouTube threatens to block its anti-war channel
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Internet Shutdowns

International Court of Justice: Protect evidence in the Gaza war 

22 May 2024

We join organizations defending freedom of expression in supporting South Africa’s request to the ICJ to ensure unimpeded access to Gaza for fact-finding missions and journalists to assess and preserve evidence.

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International Court of Justice: Protect evidence in the Gaza war 
22 May 2024
International Court of Justice: Protect evidence in the Gaza war 
#StopSilencingPalestine
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Content Governance

La guerra nella Striscia di Gaza si combatte anche su TikTok

22 May 2024
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La guerra nella Striscia di Gaza si combatte anche su TikTok
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22 May 2024
La guerra nella Striscia di Gaza si combatte anche su TikTok
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Meta’s shareholders: We need transparency on content moderation

21 May 2024

Ahead of the Meta AGM, Meta’s shareholders are pushing the company for increased transparency on content moderation.

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Meta’s shareholders: We need transparency on content moderation
21 May 2024
Meta’s shareholders: We need transparency on content moderation
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Internet Shutdowns

French TikTok block in overseas territory sets ‘dangerous precedent,’ critics warn

20 May 2024
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French TikTok block in overseas territory sets ‘dangerous precedent,’ critics warn
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20 May 2024
French TikTok block in overseas territory sets ‘dangerous precedent,’ critics warn
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
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Internet Shutdowns

French Tiktok ban makes VPN usage soar in New Caledonia

17 May 2024
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French Tiktok ban makes VPN usage soar in New Caledonia
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17 May 2024
French Tiktok ban makes VPN usage soar in New Caledonia
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

Shrinking democracy, growing violence: internet shutdowns in 2023

15 May 2024

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition documented 283 internet shutdowns in 2023 — the highest number since 2016.

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Shrinking democracy, growing violence: internet shutdowns in 2023
15 May 2024
Shrinking democracy, growing violence: internet shutdowns in 2023
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

The most violent year: internet shutdowns in 2023

15 May 2024

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition documented 283 internet shutdowns in 2023 — the highest number since 2016.

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The most violent year: internet shutdowns in 2023
15 May 2024
The most violent year: internet shutdowns in 2023
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Data Protection

Bad for human rights and for business: Amazon must not build cloud infrastructure in Saudi Arabia

6 May 2024

Access Now is calling on Amazon to halt the launch of AWS infrastructure region in Saudi Arabia and adequately address the severe human rights impacts that would arise from such a move.

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Bad for human rights and for business: Amazon must not build cloud infrastructure in Saudi Arabia
6 May 2024
Bad for human rights and for business: Amazon must not build cloud infrastructure in Saudi Arabia
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

هل ستختفي خدمة الإنترنت كما نعرفها الآن؟

5 May 2024
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هل ستختفي خدمة الإنترنت كما نعرفها الآن؟
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5 May 2024
هل ستختفي خدمة الإنترنت كما نعرفها الآن؟
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Freedom of Expression

Meta must take immediate action to stop the systematic censorship of Pro-Palestinian voices

30 Apr 2024

The StopSilencingPalestine campaign sent a letter to Meta. However, the company’s response lacked concrete steps to address the detrimental effects of its policies on human rights, both online and offline.

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Meta must take immediate action to stop the systematic censorship of Pro-Palestinian voices
30 Apr 2024
Meta must take immediate action to stop the systematic censorship of Pro-Palestinian voices