Blocking apps by ministerial decree enables illegal content takedowns in Peru
The Ministry of Transport and Communications in Peru gave itself the power to order internet service providers to block apps and services that offer illegal transportation services. The decree does not respect the national legal framework nor human rights principles of legality and proportionality, paving the way to arbitrary decisions.
Fighting censorship during the 2018 elections season
Countries around the world are preparing themselves for a heated 2018 election season. Free expression advocates are equally preparing to fight back against the rising tide of election-related censorship.
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Civil society unites against internet censorship in Venezuela
A presidential decree has authorized online surveillance and censorship in Venezuela. We’re joining our civil society partners to defend fundamental rights.
Ukraine’s internet ban fights fire with fire: it’s still censorship
Ukraine’s move to ban popular apps and sites violates international law and norms.
Bloqueos de aplicaciones: una práctica abusiva en Latinoamérica
Este tipo de decisiones tomadas por legisladores y jueces sin el correspondiente análisis, ponen en riesgo el ejercicio de los derechos digitales de los usuarios.
Access Now condemns blocking of WhatsApp in Brazil
The block is the latest in a string of internet shutdowns in 2015 and shows worrying backsliding in Brazil on digital rights.
Rights groups to Malaysia: Stop blocking websites and allow Bersih 4.0 Rally
Today Access joined Article 19, APC, and Human Rights Watch in a letter to Prime Minister Najib denouncing the blocking of Sarawak Report and the revocation of publishing permits. The letter also warned against imposing further restrictions on mass protests planned for this weekend.
Access urges officials in Gujarat, India to rescind internet disruption
This week telecom operators complied with a request from agencies of the Gujarat state government to shut down SMS functionality and disrupt mobile internet service. Access strongly believes no authority should issue internet shutdown orders, and that authorities in the state of Gujarat should urgently rescind the current blanket measures affecting so many Indian citizens and institutions.
Turkey blocks Twitter and YouTube, companies capitulate and self-censor
Turkey recently blocked users’ access to Twitter and YouTube in an effort to censor material posted by users, just as it did in March of last year. If users are willing to fight back against government censorship, social media companies should support them in their efforts