Access to Information

Open, safe, and equitable access to information, its circulation and integrity, both online and offline

1036 articles

The undersigned organizations condemn the Egyptian authorities’ blocking of at least 600 websites since May 2017, and the use of vaguely worded laws to legalize the blocking in contradiction of international treaties.

It’s not clear that social media played a more significant role than many other factors in the 2016 election, including traditional media. But the techlash is real enough.

Press groups call on both states to abide by their obligations under International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law to protect journalists in situations of conflict and tension.

Faced with the challenges of COVID-19 and Brexit, the UK government has responded by trying to override democratic checks on executive power.

Various actors in Africa’s fight against COVID-19 are creatively harnessing the power of technology to share information and create platforms that stakeholders can engage on.

In a statement signed by several civil society groups and concerned individuals, the Pakistan government is urged to initiate a credible consultative process in the drafting of social media rules since the measure could have a “detrimental impact” on the country’s digital ecosystem, economy, and online expression.

Tanzania’s handling of COVID-19 and the implementation of laws and restrictions related to the pandemic is throttling freedom of expression in the country.

The Senegalese Football Federation’s decision to deny registration of online media is strongly condemned by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA).

Lack of political will in implementing access to information legislation and ICTs leaves Malawians susceptible to misinformation and disinformation.

Speakers at the African Media Stakeholders Virtual Conference marking International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) 2020 touched on various aspects of the right to access information in law and in practice.

The proposed amendment to the law is a serious threat to freedom of expression and a setback to the achievements that Tunisia has made in this field since its adoption. Parliament should instead expedite the adoption of a new law in accordance with the Constitution’s provisions.

In response to the omnibus bill, street protests immediately broke out in more than three dozen cities, with police arresting hundreds of protesters and physically assaulting or destroying the equipment of at least 28 journalists.

The Centre for Independent Journalism criticized the statement of the Parliament restricting the media outlets which can cover its proceedings. The list of accredited media also excludes online news portals that operate exclusively online.

Experts in Africa have urged civil society and the public to maintain vigilance on the COVID-19 laws, policies and practices on data protection and freedom of expression adopted in their various countries in order to advocate for their repeal once the situation no longer demands such measures.

“The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating a dramatic decline in global internet freedom. For the 10th consecutive year, users have experienced an overall deterioration in their rights, and the phenomenon is contributing to a broader crisis for democracy worldwide.”

The recently amended martial law prohibits the publication of reports criticising the actions of the government, officials and local bodies. It also gives increased power to the police to hand out fines, freeze assets and request removal of content from media outlets.